Citizen Reporter and AFP
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17 Sep 2014
7:46 am

Prophet claims ‘small plane’ caused Nigerian church collapse (video)

Citizen Reporter and AFP

Nigerian preacher TB Joshua has linked the collapse of his church building to a small plane that was seen flying overhead shortly before the building fell.

The actual figures for those who died when the guesthouse for members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on Friday are still uncertain. President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday that 67 South Africans had perished in the collapse, while Nigerian newspaper Vanguard reported the death toll had risen to 63.

Agencies reported that over 100 survivors had been rescued.

In the aftermath of the incident, the church has claimed sabotage for the collapse, releasing CCTV footage which appears to show a small plane flying over the building before the building fell.

According to New Telegraph Online, Joshua claims he was the target of the mystery aircraft’s mission. He said he was praying when he and others noticed the ‘unusual’ hovering of the light plane that passed over the building four times.

Rescuers say the church’s hostel — which housed Nigerian and foreign followers of the televangelist — had been overburdened by the construction of additional floors.

On Tuesday the preacher tweeted: “Hard times may test me, they cannot destroy me.”

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency’s Ibrahim Farinloye said that much about the incident remained unclear.

The church known as The Synagogue “hid so much information from us, and (this is) the cause of frustration for rescuers,” he said.

Dubbed “The Prophet”, Joshua claims to have foreseen the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane crash, the Boston marathon bombings and the results of Nigerian football matches.

According to Joshua’s website, three of the church’s previous buildings were also destroyed.