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The recent collapse of a guest house being built by the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos has generated some universal interest. This sad incident would have gone down as just another building collapse in Lagos, but it would not, because of two, nay three, reasons. Firstly, considering that the owner, Pastor T.B. Joshua, is known as a prophet and miracle worker, some are of the opinion that having predicted a number of news-making events around the globe, he would have foreseen the disaster in his own backyard. Secondly, his church is as controversial as its overseer, and has a way of attracting people from all over the world, including Westerners; and the collapsed building is a guest house for these religious tourists. Thirdly, it was reported in some media that Joshua had pointed to UFO as the cause of the building collapse.

It is this last issue that attracted my attention. It was reported that Joshua said the collapse of the guest house was a terrorist attack. He showed a clip taken from the church CCTV camera which showed a “jet” observed to have hovered four times around the building. The members of the church described the flying object as a “strange aircraft”. The video clip, which I watched many times over, shows that the jet flew past the building at 11:30am, 11:43am, 11:45am and 11:54am on that fateful day. It was after the fourth passage over the building that the structure eventually caved in at 12:44pm. He said the building might have collapsed as a result of chemical substances poured on it by way of terrorist attack.

On the surface, the explanations coming from Joshua sound outlandish at best and obtuse at worst, and have actually become a hot topic of mass ridicule in many quarters. This is worsened by emerging circumstantial evidence that the builders of the collapsed building seem not to have obtained required approval for construction. The Lagos State authorities revealed that the approval obtained for the building was for the construction of a four-storey building while the builders later added two floors on top — making it six storeys — without approval from the regulatory agencies.

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