Coroner judge, Oyetade Komolafe on Wednesday threatened to order the arrest of Prophet T.B Joshua after the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations failed to appear before the coroner court investigating the collapse of the church guesthouse on September 12.
Prophet Joshua was scheduled to give evidence yesterday but he was absent. One of the church’s counsels, Olalekan Ojo made excuse for his absence, claiming the Prophet and the contractor were not yet served with witness summons.
However, Ojo’s excuse fell flat with Magistrate Komolafe. The judge held that in line with Magistrate Civil Procedure Rule, Order 5 (Rule 2), Law of Lagos State, 2009, which guides the coroner inquest, a counsel appearing for the church can also receive the summons on behalf of his client.
Also the Magistrate requested the Chief Security Officer, CSO, who he identified to extend the message of appearance before the court to Prophet Joshua.
He said: “That is why I said will you accept service for Prophet T.B. Joshua? Tell the prophet to come or do you want me to ask the DPO at Ikotun to lay siege at the Church?”