- Two south african children are suing Nigeria's TB Joshua over the death of their father
- They are demanding $520,000 (£370,000) in damages as compensation.
- The lagos coroner claimed the church was culpable due to criminal negligence
Two South African children are suing the church of popular evangelist preacher TB Joshua.
The reason for the suit is to seek damages for the loss of their father, who died in 2014 after the collapse of one of the church’s buildings in Nigeria.
The two children, aged three and six, are demanding at least $520,000 (£370,000) in damages. According to them their demand is to compensate for the money that their father would have been expected to provide them with until he turned 70. Their lawyer Bolaji Ayorinde told the BBC that he has had a lot of inquiries from relatives of people who died in the building collapse about the possibility of taking action. Mr Ayorinde said he was not concerned about taking on the popular preacher arguing that "the law treats everyone as equal".
TB Joshua blamed the 2014 incident on a small plane which he said had been circling the building, which was a multi-storey guesthouse in a Lagos compound belonging to the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations but the Lagos coroner’s dismissed his assertion and in In 2015, a coroner in a Lagos court said "the church was culpable because of criminal negligence" but Mr Joshua and his church have consistently denied any wrongdoing. The pastor has so far not been charged, but the engineers responsible for the building are facing criminal charges.
Mr Joshua, referred to by his followers as a "prophet", is one of Nigeria's best-known evangelists and is popular across Africa. He is the founder of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations, which was founded in the 1990s. He runs a Christian television station, Emmanuel TV and his ministry professes to heal all manner of illnesses with HIV/Aids inclusive. TB Joshua has toured the US, the UK and South America.
father of the two children, Kalambaie wa Kalambaie was one of 116 people, including many South Africans, who died.