Panic At The Synagogue, As Knife-Wielding Man Targets T.B. Joshua On The Pulpit

Pastor T.B. Joshua.

•Pastor T.B. Joshua.

There was panic at the Ikotun, Lagos-based Synagogue Church of All Nations last  Sunday when a man with a knife forced himself through the crowd of worshippers and  attempted to stab the controversial pastor, Prophet T.B. Joshua, on the pulpit while  he was preaching.

•Pastor T.B. Joshua.

The 43-year old intruder, identified as Louise Mberi, P.M.NEWS gathered, armed  himself with a knife and attempted to stab the prophet during a church service but  was stopped by ushers and other security personnel before he could reach T.B.  Joshua.

Louise allegedly hid the knife in his waist and was heading for the altar where T.B.  Joshua was preaching when vigilant ushers suspected his moves and stopped him.

When he was searched by the security men, a sharp knife was found on him and was  promptly handed over to policemen.

The discovery cause panic in the church as security was beefed up around the prophet  who continued his sermon despite the development.

When he was interrogated by policemen at the Ikotun station, Louise claimed that he  was going to the altar  to seek prayers from T.B. Joshua for his poor health. He  could not, however, explain why he armed himself with a knife.

The police later charged him before the Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court, Ikotun, for an  attempt to stab and distrupt service at the Synagogue Church of All Nations.

The charge sheet reads: “That you, the defendant on the same date, time and place  did attempt to stab by concealing a knife in your waist in order to cause havoc,  panic and disturb peace during the church service at the Synagogue Church of All  Nations,” an offence contrary to Sections 508 and 80 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 17,  Vol.2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

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He pleaded not guilty to the charge and the magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folami, granted  him bail in the sum of N25,000 with two sureties.

The court ordered that the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused.

The magistrate also ordered that the defendant must be taken to a psychiatric  hospital for mental evaluation.

The matter has been adjourned till 20 December, 2010.

The defendant was later remanded in prison custody at Apapa, Lagos, pending the  fulfilment of his bail conditions.

A member of the Synagogue Church of All Nations who spoke on the incident with  P.M.NEWS expressed shock at the incident and wondered why anyone would want to harm  the prophet he described as a philantropist.

—Cyriacus Izuekwe

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