The founder and spiritual head of Inri Evangelical and Spiritual Church, Primate Babatunde Ayodele, has called on the relevant authorities to pardon the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Pastor TB Joshua and General Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Rev. Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Reverend King.
TB Joshua’s Synagogue is standing trial alongside its contractors before a Lagos State High Court in respect of the 2014 collapse of a guest house within the church premises in Ikotun-Egbe area of Lagos State, in which 116 people, mostly South Africans, were killed. The church, which is a Mecca of sorts for people seeking one form of miracles or the other, was accused of failing to get the necessary building permits before embarking on the construction of additional floors on its existing guest house.
Reverend King on the other hand is currently challenging a death sentence passed on him by a Lagos State High Court at the Supreme Court. The cleric was sentenced to death by hanging in 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder.
Primate Ayodele lamented that other churches had continued to be silent over Joshua’s plight because he was not member of Christian Association of Nigeria or Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.
He described the SCOAN founder as a lonely voice in the wilderness.
“I am appealing to the government of Lagos State to temper justice with mercy over Pastor TB Joshua considering the fact that he has helped quite a great number of people spiritually and has empowered them largely. They should please forgive him and leave the rest to God if they think he was really guilty as charged”, Ayodele said.