A stampede at Prophet T.B Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Ikotun, Lagos has left at least three persons reportedly dead.
The incident occurred on Saturday December 10th, around 4.30am, during the church’s healing service when many of the worshipers thronged to meet with the Prophet.
Eyewitness reports say the church premises which was overcrowded had people struggling through the doorway to see the prophet. In the process, three people collapsed. They were rushed to the Isolo General Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.
Two of the victims were identified as Emeka Okonkwo and Emmanuel Oherin from their phones and their families have been notified. The third victim is yet to be identified. Their corpses have been deposited in a morgue.
Usually, at the church’s annual deliverance and healing programme, the church becomes a beehive of activities as people come in their thousands to see the prophet for miracles.
People lodge in different hotels surrounding the church. And they all arrive at the church very early. The worshippers are first screened in a canopy on the premises before they see the man of God.
Sources say the families of the deceased were immediately contacted as well as the Ikotun police division.
Confirming the incident, the Lagos state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said investigations were ongoing.
Badmos said; “The story is true. Investigations are ongoing as we await the result of the autopsy. For now, we are treating the case as sudden and unnatural deaths.”
However, a SCOAN official when contacted by phone, denied the incident, claiming nobody died in T.B Joshua’s church premises.
The news is coming just after many people were reported dead following a roof collapse incident at the Reigners Bible Church building in Uyo on Saturday.