Court Slams T.B Joshua With N25,000 Fine


Founder, Synagogue Church Of All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua, has been fined with a sum of N25,00 for “deliberately stalling hearing” in a suit he filed against a Lagos coroner, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe.

While awarding the cost on Tuesday, Justice Lateefa Okunnu, berated the prophet for “wasting the time of the court and tax payers’ money.”

She expressed displeasure that the matter, which was filed in December last year, had been bogged down with several adjournments at the instance of Joshua.

Okunnu’s order followed the announcement by Joshua’s lawyer, Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), that his client had filed two fresh applications before the court in relation to the case.

“We filed two processes yesterday. One is a motion and the other one is the applicant’s consolidated reply on points of law,” Fagbemi said.

Responding, however, counsel for the Lagos State Government, Mr. Karmardeen Bakare, said he had only just been served with the said processes in court on Tuesday morning.

The state counsel said it would be impossible for him to go on with the case in the circumstance as he needed time to look at the fresh applications and reply appropriately.

He therefore urged the court for an adjournment.

But Okunnu frowned on the development, as she said it was clear that the day’s proceeding had been hampered by Joshua’s fresh applications.

While reluctantly conceding to the prayer for an adjournment till February 20, Okunnu, however, awarded a N25,000 cost against Joshua.

The judge said the order must be complied with before the next adjourned date, while Joshua was to file an affidavit of compliance as evidence.

The prophet had approached Okunnu asking for a judicial review of the coroner’s inquest into the death of about 116 persons in the SCOAN’s September 12, 2014 building collapse.

The coroner’s inquest, which commenced on October 13, last year had the mandate to determine the cause of death of the victims, most of who were South African nationals

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