Tuesday, 13 December 2016

TB Joshua May Face Charge over last Saturday's Stampede as CP moves to action

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Inspite of the stampede that led to the death of three worshippers of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, the church, yesterday, continued with its various services.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has ordered the Ikotun Divisional Police Officer, DPO, to provide a detailed report on the activities that occurred within the church premises last Saturday, when a stampede was reported.

When visited the Church yesterday, worshippers, both Nigerians and foreigners, were sighted trooping in to attend the various services presided over by the pastor, Temitope Joshua.

It was learned that the disaster occurred at about 4.30a.m., when the worshippers were struggling to have close contact with the pastor. Two of the victims were identified as Emeka Okonkwo and Emmanuel Oherin, while the third is yet to be identified.

‘It’s all lies’ Speaking to Vanguard, the head of the enquiry team, who did not want his name in print, told Vanguard that the story was untrue. He said: “Oga, as you can see, we are having our activities as scheduled. We just completed our convention over the weekend. In fact, the weekend activities were marvellous. “If such a thing happened, we have pressmen who have been assigned to our church. “They ensure that the church gets adequate publicity. And if they had not published any story on the stampede, it is an indication that the stampede reported was all rumour that anyone must not believe.” He urged our correspondent to call any of the prayer lines for any further information on the stampede. When Vanguard visited the Isolo General Hospital, the officials said: “Please sir, come tomorrow. You will get the information officer to speak with you.” Sources at the National Emergency management Agency, NEMA, and the State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, said that the stampede was not reported at any of their emergency toll free lines. They argued that the issue might not have been reported because of the church’s reputation. CP’s order The impeccable police source, who disclosed this to Vanguard, added that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoduni, frowned at the attempt to shield the stampede issue from public glare, vowing that he would ensure that issues surrounding the death of the three worshippers are unravelled. When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmus, said the police were awaiting the autopsy report on the three corpses. According to her, “the investigation is still ongoing. Meanwhile, we are treating the case as sudden and unnatural deaths.” 



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