Temitope Balogun Joshua, left, Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan, centre, Lagos state deputy governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, right, during a visit to the site of a collapsed building belonging to Synagogue of All Nations church in Lagos, Nigeria. AP Photo

Lagos - The Nigerian police have formed a team of detectives to probe the circumstances behind the collapse of a six-storey guest house within the premises of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (Scoan) at Ikotun, a suburb of Lagos.

The team, to be headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police – not yet named – will interrogate “prophet” TB Joshua, on his allegations that a low-flying aircraft hovering around the building might have caused it to collapse, killing about 115 people, including an estimated 84 South Africans.

The team will also interrogate Joshua on the structural condition of the building before it was raised from a two-storey to six-storey structure.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in a statement, called for a thorough and transparent probe into the cause of the disaster, warning that anything less than a thorough investigation could compromise Nigeria’s image.

The statement, signed by spokesman Benson Upah, lamented that the painful tragedy was familiar and avoidable and was an occurrence which Nigeria could ill-afford.


The Lagos State Government has named Magistrate OA Komolafe, as coroner in the case. Komolafe is expected to announce details of the inquest which will be held at the premises of the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja.

Political Bureau