Effort to shield the General Overseer, Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Pastor Temitope Joshua from appearing before a coroner’s inquest probing the collapsed building in his church premises failed on Tuesday. A suit filed by a lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, before a Lagos High Court, seeking to restrain Joshua from personally testifying was opposed by the judge, Buba Ibrahim.
Buba held that Joshua was not a party to the sai suit, while Ogungbeje did not show what injury he would suffer if Joshua testified at the a sainquest. “If Ogungbeje was the party summoned before the coroner, then the issue of a restraining order will arise, but in this situation, how can I restrain the whole world?” Buba said.
The judge added that “The applicant has not shown that he will suffer any danger if the restraining order is not granted, and so, I will hear this case on merit on Thursday, November 6, and I will not grant any restraining order.”
Aside praying the court to prevent Joshua’s appearance, Ogungbeje also asked the court stop the inquest from continuing.
The Coroner Oyetade Komolafe, last Wednesday, threatened to arrest Joshua, if he continued to disobey his summon.