The two children of a South African, Kalambaie Wa Kalambaie, who died in the September 12, 2014 Synagogue Church Of All Nation’s building collapse have filed a suit at the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, seeking compensation in the sum of R 8,772,000 from the church’s founder, Prophet TB Joshua, and others.
The claimants, Bulungu and Nora, three and six years old respectively, said the R 8,772,000 compensation they are seeking would cater for their cost of living from September 12, 2014 when their father died to September 11, 2049 when the deceased would have been 70 years old.
Apart from Joshua, the other defendants in the suit filed through their lawyer, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), are the Registered Trustees of SCOAN.
Also joined as defendants in the suit are the engineers who built the collapsed building, Messrs Oladele Ogundeji and Akinbela Fatiregun, and their companies, Jandy Trust Limited and Hardrock Construction and Engineering Company.
The other defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of Lagos State and the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.
The claimants are urging the court to declare that it was the negligence of the defendants that led to the death of their father, who had a company before his death.
They are also seeking to be paid a separate N30m to cover the cost expended on filing the suit.
The minors and their mother, Amina Busseh Bashi, a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo, are seeking a declaration of the court that the defendants failed in their responsibility of ensuring the safety of their father who came within their domain in 2014.
They are urging the court to hold that the Lagos State Attorney General and the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development failed in their duty of regulating and ensuring that the six-storey building belonging to SCOAN was fit for habitation.
The fresh suit is yet to be assigned to any judge.