Fire outbreak: SCOAN members stop responders from taking pictures

TB Joshua

Members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on Thursday prevented emergency responders from taking pictures of the fire outbreak at the church’s old site.

Part of the tomb of the church’s late founder Prophet TB Joshua was affected by the fire, according to fire service officials.

The church confirmed the fire incident but remained silent on Joshua’s tomb.

The clergyman’s private residence is located at the old site which is on Ajisegiri Street, Agodo area of Egbe, Ikotun, Lagos.

Southwest coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Ibrahim Farinloye told NAN that he did not understand the rationale behind the church members’ action.

He said the fire started at about 8.20 p.m. on Wednesday, but was brought under control at about 9.35 p.m.

Farinloye commended federal fire fighters who worked with NEMA officials to put out the fire.

He also commended the church members for their support in putting out the fire which recorded no casualty or injury.

In September 2014, journalists who tried to record happenings at the church following the collapse of a guesthouse within the church’s premises were attacked.