A stampede during a special healing service at the Prophet TB Joshua-led Synagogue Church of all Nations, Ikotun, Lagos State has claimed three lives. The victims were part of a crowd that struggled to see Prophet Temitope Joshua during the special healing service. Two of the victims were identified as Emeka Okonkwo and Emmanuel Oherin, while the third victim at the time of this report is yet to be identified.Their corpses were said to have been deposited in a morgue in the state.
An eyewitness, who said the stampede occurred around 4.30am, told PUNCH that, “It was the church’s annual deliverance and healing programme. Usually at this time, the church becomes a beehive of activities as people come in their thousands to see the prophet for miracles. People lodge in different hotels surrounding the church. And they all arrive at the church very early. There is a canopy on the premises where worshippers are screened before they see the man of God.
“However, on Saturday, after being screened, the crowd was much and they started struggling through the doorway to see the prophet. In the process, three people collapsed. They were rushed to the Isolo General Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.” Meanwhile the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, while adding that investigations were ongoing. According to her, “The story is true. Investigation is ongoing as we await the result of the autopsy. For now, we are treating the case as sudden and unnatural deaths.”