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TB Joshua’s SCOAN Church Tragedy: 115 Killed, 25 Injured South Africans Flown Home

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TB Joshua’s SCOAN Church Tragedy: 115 Killed, 25 Injured South Africans Flown Home

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Sept 23, 2014 – TB Joshua’s Scoan, Synagogue Church Collapse Latest News: Death Toll At 115, 25 Injured South Africans Flown Home For Treatment

South Africans raised yesterday their death toll in the September 12 guest house collapse at the Synagogue of All Nations (SCOAN) in Ikotun on the outskirts of Lagos to 115, up from 67 that was initially announced.

Twenty-five injured nationals receiving treatment in Lagos hospitals were yesterday flown back home. The C130plane carrying them landed at the Swartkop Air Force base in Pretoria at 10.42 am local time.

Three children, including an 18-month-old and a two-year-old – both of who had lost their parents in the collapsed building – were among the injured flown in.

It is believed that there were no fewer than 349 visiting South Africans in the church at the time of the collapse; 17 were declared unaccounted for. It is not clear if they are among the new list of the dead announced yesterday by South African Government Minister Jeff Radebe.

The minister urged Nigeria to investigate the “tragedy”.

South Africans are angry at what they see as the Nigerian government dragging its feet on launching an investigation into the collapse, which occurred when three storeys were being added to the two-storey building, and for not reacting more quickly to help those trapped under the rubble.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) gave the final death toll at 90; 131 survived.

President Goodluck Jonathan visited the site on Saturday, offering his condolences to Church overseer Pastor T.B. Joshua, who has been the focus of South Africans’ anger after he described the victims as “martyrs of faith” on his Facebook page.

Joshua and his supporters described the collapse as an “attack” somehow linked to a mysterious aircraft they claimed flew over the building before it collapsed.

Radebe spent much of his news conference congratulating the work of South African emergency workers for the “biggest evacuation by the air force since the dawn of democracy”.

He did not mention the efforts of Nigerian emergency services or the church but said Nigeria was carrying out an investigation, although Jonathan has not announced any probe.

“We are keenly awaiting as a South African government the investigation that is being conducted by the Nigerian government so that we get to the bottom of the cause of … this national disaster,” Radebe said.

South Africa’s media has been scathing of Joshua and the Nigerian government, especially after the Nigerian emergency services said the church had failed to cooperate and had blocked rescuers’ access to the site.

“Blood on their hands” was the front page headline of South Africa’s Sunday Times. Many Nigerians have also been critical.

There was heavy police presence at the Swartkop base when the plane carrying the injured arrived.

Military personnel swiftly attended to them.

Shortly after the C130 SA Air Force plane landed at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria, an initial batch of the patients was whisked off to the hospital.

Most of the patients were brought out of the plane on stretchers and taken to ambulances parked nearby.

A woman in a red dress, supported by two soldiers, limped to one of the ambulances.

Others could also walk to the ambulances, with assistance.

A convoy of Tshwane metro police officers on motorbikes and SA Police Service vehicles escorted the first two ambulances from the military base shortly after 11am.

Members of a government inter-ministerial task force, led by Presidency Minister Jeff Radebe, approached the plane carrying the 26 injured South Africans after it landed.




  1. Bewaji

    September 23, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    He was seeing revelation but not the one in his ministry
    God help dis man

  2. Blue

    September 23, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    South african should go and sleep joor…nobody force their citizens to come to scoan…what happend was a disaster it could happen to anybody…hw many of their citizens dies every yr in menterarian* sea trying to cross to itary? Why cant they probe italian or morocian government for the death of their citizen who ar trying to cross to the land of promise…south africans came for greener pasture unfortunatly things dnt workout well…its part of life…so let them take it with good faith..afterall they av bn coming and going before…this is nt their first time…

    • cada

      September 23, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Blue you must be Green. This shows your ignorance how many south Africans do you know trying to cross over to Italy. Go and do your research before commenting ignorantly. Scoan has made millions off these foreign visitors, collecting tithe, offering etc off them let TB Joshua pay compensation to the affected families.

    • Uzoma

      September 23, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Blue, you need to do some research work before you comment on any issue. You talk like somebody who is ignorant. Did you go to school at all?

      • Meisie

        February 12, 2015 at 1:38 AM

        Uzoma,your first sentence is good for Blue, but the last one sounds stupid, he did go to school but he is ignorant, he does not care

    • Grace

      September 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Thank you very much Blue. Well spoken. I was there last month and had been planning to go stay in that particular hotel to achieve my deliverance and blessing. He is a true man of God as for us. Is a risk we are all bearing. It can happen to any of us. For me better to die seeking face of God than on an arm rubbering or prostitute occasion. Nothing nothing will stop many of us even the south Africans from going there to achieve our deliverance. The enemies cannt scare us because we know why we go there.

      Pity such tragedy happened and they died but as you said they have to accept it with good faith. May their soul rest in perfect peace. We are all praying for their families. My mum and 3 brothers died within two months and many family members was it in SCOAN they died. They are gone. I accepted it with good faith.

      Man of God has done a lot to people around the world. Lets remember he also lost money for his building. Only Jesus will compensate him and the lost ones?

  3. D Hunter

    September 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Revelation? Wat revelation has he bin seein? Only 2ru Prophets of God CALLED by God do so, is he 1 of dem?

  4. banks

    September 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Yes,bewaji,you answered your question already.God is the ultimate who sees and knows all.Scriptures explain it.secret things belong to God,things reveled belong to man(deut.29.29) two diff things,Paul says we know in part.1cor.13.9.God,have mercy on your people.

  5. Jilo

    September 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    The God of Justice has finally decided to expose this fake Pastor. His response and utterance following the tragedy further expose his lie, dishonest maneuver and how he lured some people into wrong believe. I’m still waiting for the explanation he is going to give South African government over this avoidable death. This man should not be smiling at his bank account, he should be made to cough out some money that he has gotten through his deceiptive way and share among the victims of this horrible tragedy in form of compensation. After that, the government should close down his remaining churches.

    • Uzoma

      September 23, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      You said it all.

  6. Akuwax in Mongu, Zambia.

    September 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    The latest news in one of the Zambian News Papers ( the post newspaper )reports that TB Joshua will next week visit South Africa, specifically to meet the families of the deceased. If so my question is why is doing so? because as far as am concerned he is supposed to wait until every is brought to surface.

  7. nesty

    September 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    oh lord have mercy upon my people,they are blinded with material things of the world,i mean vanity things,if u can sleep and dream why cant u seek the face of thy lord almighty on your own,for its writting in the bible ask it shall be giving seek it shall be found,finally finally knock ity shall be open unto you,hahahaha my country people make una open eye na he nor pure like this ooohhh

  8. aru

    September 23, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    this man is a prophet of doom he has sacrificed those people to his coven to get more power for deceit in the name of miracle.God wil finaly expose out catch me if you can.

  9. Mercee

    September 23, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Cada,blue is rite,whn dey where receivin d spiritual blessins no one talked bt nw tragedy has cum dey av 4gten d gud tyms may God 4gv u all.

    • Uzoma

      September 23, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Mercee, you are wrong. Blue did not show any pity at all. He has no human feelings. Never support evil.

  10. Mercee

    September 24, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    @Uzoma,jt pt ur legs in d shoes of d T.b.j if dis happen 2 u or any memba of ur family,it jt happened u should nt add anytin 2 it,for yrs dey av ben cumin notin lik dis has eva happened.God kws y, let hm b d judge ova dis nt us,,we cant do d work of God 4 hm,dere r sumtins we say 2day can stand against us 2moro ad we wl b judged by d words of our mouth.

  11. Oxbon

    September 24, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Do not judge so that you will not be judge. God who sees all things knows why it happened. God have mercy on unbelievers.

  12. Lolo

    November 14, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    It is true that hidden things are for God and revealed are for us. God has all secrets of our lives, after all we are a flock of his farm. Once flock return home who can comment against that? Ours is to thank God and have His name be glorified and send a consoling word to the affected for quick recovery. Touch not my anointed!!

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