The founder, Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua, on Wednesday failed to appear before the coroner, Magistrate O. A. Komolafe, probing the cause of the September 12 building collapse in the church.
The church lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, told the coroner that Joshua failed to appear before the coroner because he was not served any summon. He said he saw the need to set the record straight in order not to cause confusion and following a warning by the magistrate that the instrumentality of the law would be invoked against any invited witness who fails to appear.
Ojo said, “May I with respect inform this court that as at today no summons to appear before this honourable court has been personally served on Prophet T.B. Joshua.
“I do not want a situation where this court might be misled to believe that a witness summons has been served on the prophet. Monday was the first time that the bailiff of the court attempted to effect service on Prophet T.B. Joshua but unfortunately the prophet was not around.
“Being the chief mourner he had been getting in touch with families of those who lost their loved ones.
Consequently, Komolafe said another appearance date would be given to Joshua when the court reconvenes.
While conceding to Ojo’s argument, Komolafe however issued a warning that Joshua should make himself reachable.
He said as a man of God and a leader he should respect the law of the land and lead by example.