A Lagos Fireman, Adebaymo Musiliu, has contradicted claims by Pastor Temitope Joshua of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, SCOAN, that the collapsed guesthouse located within the precinct of the church, in which over 100 people died, was a sabotage by a mysterious aircraft. In his testimony before a coroner’s inquest into the cause of the building collapse, on Friday, Musilu, a chief operational officer, of the state’s Fire Service differed from Joshua’s and SCOAN’s avowals. The building neither exploded nor imploded, he told the court. Bandying a 34-year expertise in rescue operations to support his reasoning, Musiliu said the state in which the dead victims were found did not favour the explosion or implosion theory. Rather, he averred that “All the bodies recovered were not dismembered or burnt. There were also no scattered bricks. The floors and pillars were also not shattered; rather the six-storey collapsed on top of each other. The collapsed building did not depict any sign of explosion or implosion.”
More so, the coroner, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, has invited Pastor Joshua and the building contractor to appear to give evidence on what they know. They were asked to appear on November 5, 2014, after futile opposition by Joshua’s counsel, Jude Nnadi, to his personal appearance.
Nnadi argued that his client’s appearance was needless because he was not an eyewitness to the incident, a statement that did not cut ice with Komolafe. The Coroner said that since Joshua had spoken to the press at various times, he must also appear before the court to give evidence.
Komolafe said: “We have heard that he has been addressing the press at various times, let him come and address the court.
“The court has summoned him, let him come and tell us what he knows. He cannot sit over there and be sending words to us that he cannot come.
“The court has said that for the purpose of what we are doing that he should come over.”