'Evil forces' brought down Nigerian church

TB Joshua's people maintain that evil forces were behind "the controlled demolition of the building."

FILE: Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations TB Joshua is yet to answer questions relating to the building collapse at his church in Nigeria that killed more than 100 people. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Synagogue Church of All Nations says controversial pastor TB Joshua did not attend hearings to investigate the cause of a building collapse that killed 116 people because he was not subpoenaed by Nigerian authorities.

A guest house at Joshua's church in Lagos collapsed in September.

A number of South African citizens were at the guest house at the time killing 84 of them and only 26 survived and returned home.

An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the collapse and while specialists have blamed structural defects, the church at the centre of the tragedy has maintained evil forces were behind what it calls a controlled demolition.

Spokesman for the church, Bally Chuene, says as soon as they receive a subpoena, the so-called prophet will cooperate.

"For someone to be able to appear in court there must be a subpoena served on that person. The prophet was not served with a subpoena, personally. Once the subpoena is served, the necessary process will follow and once we given a date the prophet will be there."

Chuene says it will produce evidence of the controlled collapse.

"They've shown exactly how it collapsed. We saying this particular building collapsed as a result of some controlled demolition of some sort. Yes we want the Nigerian Aviation Authorities to investigate the involvement of that particular plane which was flying overheard shortly before the collapse."

A special presidential envoy led by Minister Jeff Radebe is in Nigeria at the moment to speed up the repatriation process of those killed.