Lagos - A coroner on Wednesday said a megachurch run by popular Nigerian preacher TB Joshua should be prosecuted after a building collapse killed 116 people, most of them South Africans.
“The church must be investigated and prosecuted for not obtaining the relevant approval before embarking on the construction of the building,” Oyetade Komolafe said in his ruling on last year's tragedy.
“The church was culpable because of criminal negligence resulting in the death of the victims.”
The coroner's inquest was called to determine the circumstances of the collapse of the guesthouse for foreign followers of Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on September 12 last year.
Eighty-one of the dead were South African visitors to the Lagos church.