Death toll in TB Joshua guesthouse rises to 70

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The death toll in last week’s collapse of a guesthouse at a

churchrun by a famous Nigerian preacher has risen to at least 70, a

rescue agency official said Wednesday.

Rescuers have helped 131 other people out of the rubble and still are

looking for more survivors from Friday’s collapse of the two-story

guesthouse at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, Nigerian Emergency

Management Agency spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye told reporters at the

collapse site.

The building, at the church run by televangelist T.B. Joshua in the

Ikotun area of Lagos, came down Friday afternoon amid work to build

additional floors, NEMA said.

Farinloye said NEMA hasn’t identified the victims. On Tuesday, South

African President Jacob Zuma said 67 South Africans were among the


“This is a particularly difficult time for South Africa. Not in the

recent history of our country have we had this large number of our

people die in one incident outside the country,” he said, according to

a statement released by the President’s office Tuesday.

NEMA said an investigation into the cause hasn’t begun. But on its

Facebook page Friday, NEMA said that two stories were being added

without fortifying the foundation of the initial structure, and that

there was a “high probability” this is what led to the collapse.

Joshua, dubbed “The Prophet” for his self-acclaimed healing powers and

prophesies, has a large following among Nigerians and followers across

the world.

His church attracts thousands of followers who attend every week to

listen to his sermons, which are also telecast live on the church’s

television station.

“People travel from around the world to witness and receive from the

mighty work that God is doing in the life of Prophet TB Joshua,” the

church’s website says.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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