Two South African minors, Bulungu Malaika Wa Kalambaie (3) and Nora Furah Wa Kalambaie (6), have filed a law suit against the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet Temitope Joshua over the death of their father in the September 2014 church building collapse.
The children filed the suit through their mother, Amina Busseh Bashi, a citizen of Democratic Republic of Congo, through their counsel, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) at the Lagos State High court demanding that Prophet Joshua pay them the sum of R8,772,000 as cost and damages for the death of their father.
Also sued alongside TB Joshua were the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development for not properly regulating and ensuring that the Registered Trustees of the SCOAN and Prophet Joshua’s building being used as guest house and located within the premises of the church were fit for habitation.
Thus, they asked the court to order Prophet Joshua, Registered Trustees of SCOAN, Jadny Trust Limited, Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company, Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun to pay the sum of R10,000,000 as damages for lost earnings suffered by them from the deceased person’s company due to the negligent acts of the church and Pastor Joshua.
They also asked the court to direct the defendants to pay them N30 million as the legal cost and solicitor’s fee incurred by the claimants in prosecuting the action.
The six-storey Synagogue building which was housing foreigners collapsed on September 12, 2014, killing 116 people, who were mostly South Africans.
After investigations the church and the engineers in charge of the building were found guilty of “criminal negligence” which led to the loss of several lives, and it was recommended that the church and its engineers be prosecuted for manslaughter.
Prophet TB Joshua and the co-defendants are currently facing charges of involuntary manslaughter before an Ikeja High Court.