TB Joshua engineers will be arraigned next week

The legal tussle between TB Joshua and the Lagos state government has suffered a major setback.

Nigerian pastor TB Joshua. Picture: AFP.

NIGERIA - The legal tussle involving the Synagogue Church of All Nations run by controversial televangelist TB Joshua against the Lagos state government has suffered a major setback.

A high court in the Nigerian city has dismissed two applications seeking to stop the prosecution of two engineers who constructed the collapsed six-storey building at the church in September 2014.

More than 80 South Africans were killed.

The two engineers and their companies had filed separate applications challenging the competence of the manner with which the charge was served on them.

The defendants, through their lawyers, had contended that an order permitting the criminal charge to be served on them by substituted means was wrongfully granted by Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo.

Their lawyers had argued that in the absence of a valid service everything done by the court would amount to a nullity.

However, in his ruling, Justice Lawal-Akapo said that the law made provision for substituted service in processes of criminal proceeding, hence the service is legal.

The court adjourned till 18 February for arraignment of the defendants.