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Autopsy Report: TB Joshua’s Church Collapse Victims Crushed To Death

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Autopsy Report: TB Joshua’s Church Collapse Victims Crushed To Death

Oct 28, 2014 – Autopsy Result For TB Joshua’s Church Collapse Victims Released By Pathologist In Court During Hearing Revealed They Were Crushed To Death

A consultant pathologist and chief medical examiner of Lagos state, Prof. John Obafunwa, today disclosed that the 116 victims of the Synagogue Church of All Nation (SCOAN) died as a result of crush injuries.

Obafunwa disclosed this while presenting a preliminary report to the coroner’s inquest which was set up to investigate the cause of the incident.

The pathologist said the autopsy conducted on the bodies revealed that they died as a result of crush injuries also known as “traumatic rhabdomyolysis”.

He told the court presided over by Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe that the final report and identification of the bodies would be completed in two weeks time.

He said 46 bodies recovered from the scene were deposited at the Isolo General Hospital mortuary while another 63 were taken to the mortuary at Mainland General Hospital, Yaba.

According to him, six bodies were brought to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital morgue at Ikeja, which later increased to seven following the death of one of the victims on admission.

“Some of the bodies were at a decomposing stage and mutilated, severely crushed, multiple injuries, fractured bones, fractured limbs as well as skull injuries,” the pathologist said.

Obafunwa said the team of forensic pathologists and dental surgeons conducted various tests including DNA and dental analysis on the bodies for the purpose of identification.

He said the team was waiting for the report on finger print, DNA analysis as well as the list of lodgers it had requested from the church before finalising its job.

Obafunwa also assured one of the victim’s husband and a South African, Anthony Van Der Byl, that the body of his wife, Louise, would be released at the completion of the report.

“We are working closely with the South African Department of Health. They are assisting us with reference samples and I know that we are moving closer to the end of the process,” the pathologist said.

Confirming the development, Mr Louis Mnguni, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, told the court that the samples were still being analysed at the laboratory in Cape Town, South Africa.

Also testifying, Mr Oladotun Lasoju from the Lagos State Ministry of Works, said their team of engineers had conducted tests on the materials used in the construction of the building.

Lasoju said:” We visited the site as part of the rudiments in the investigation.

“I want to assure the court that the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory is working assiduously and I believe the result will be out in a maximum period of three weeks.”

On his part, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Head of Operations, Search and Rescue, National Emergency Management Agency, said 86 bodies were recovered while 131 persons were rescued.

Further hearing continues tomorrow.
[Sources: PM, NAN]



  1. Loveth Chukwu

    October 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    we expect nothng less they were trapped under a building
    let dem rest in peace people

  2. emma

    October 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    TB Joshua church building collapsed everybody are saying bad words against man of God.we have many cases of collapse building in Lagos, port Harcourt,Kano Abuja etc nothing was heard of the owner of those buildings, why are we allowing devil to use this tragic case to rubbish the name of man of God?. touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm. whether this man is man of god or not, let God that seethe the secret of man judge him. i knew devil is rejoicing over this matter but failure and disgrace is its portion.

    • alygirl

      October 29, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my ccta I totally agree with u, let the Almighty be the judge. Afterall a lot of pple flock there bythemselves, after seing the miraculous things.

  3. emma

    October 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm. TB Joshua”s case is not the first case in Nigeria, we had many cases of collapse building in Lagos, port Harcourt, Kano and many other places. Devil is a liar

    • Tony Dele

      October 28, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Emma or whatever your real name is, shut the fuck up and stop defending this so called man of god!People have died in this building because your so called pastor broke planning regulations and the law by building further stories on top of an unstable building ! Your pastor, man of god, T.b Joshua broke the law which makes him a criminal!He is not a prophet, he is a man who will stand on judgement day before god for his sins. Give unto Ceasars what is Ceasars!Show respect for the souls of the people who have lost their lives in this tragedy and stop protecting a man who is only in interested in making money out of people like you who go to his church! If he is really a man of god why does he have to charge you any money to come to church ? Did Jesus Christ ever ask you for money ? You’ve been brainwashed, you and thousands of others who go to “church”!

  4. abd

    October 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    why people is talking against the man of God.other place will collapse no body will ask. It is only God Almighty no the in and out of every thing so let God jud……e

  5. Me

    October 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Mmm;( RIP

  6. Capa

    October 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Why are u guys saying rubbish against man of God? U people should let God jug k.

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