Synagogue Building: Victim’s Children Sue TB Joshua

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The two children of a South African, Kalambaie Wa Kalambaie,
who died in the September 12, 2014 Synagogue Church Of All Nation’s building
collapse have filed a suit at the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, seeking
compensation in the sum of R 8,772,000 from the church’s founder, Prophet TB
Joshua, and others.
The claimants, Bulungu and Nora, three and six years old
respectively, said the R 8,772,000 compensation they are seeking would cater
for their cost of living from September 12, 2014 when their father died to
September 11, 2049 when the deceased would have been 70 years old.
Apart from Joshua, the other defendants in the suit filed
through their lawyer, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), are the Registered Trustees
of SCOAN.

Also joined as defendants in the suit are the engineers who
built the collapsed building, Messrs Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun,
and their companies, Jandy Trust Limited and Hardrock Construction and
Engineering Company.
The other defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of
Lagos State and the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban
Development.
The claimants are urging the court to declare that it was
the negligence of the defendants that led to the death of their father, who had
a company before his death.
They are also seeking to be paid a separate N30m to cover
the cost expended on filing the suit.
The minors and their mother, Amina Busseh Bashi, a citizen
of the Democratic Republic of Congo, are seeking a declaration of the court
that the defendants failed in their responsibility of ensuring the safety of
their father who came within their domain in 2014.
They are urging the court to hold that the Lagos State
Attorney General and the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development
failed in their duty of regulating and ensuring that the six-storey building
belonging to SCOAN was fit for habitation.

The fresh suit is yet to be assigned to any judge.

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