6th December, 2010
There was panic at the Ikotun, Lagos-based Synagogue Church of All Nations lastÂ Sunday when a man with a knife forced himself through the crowd of worshippers andÂ attempted to stab the controversial pastor, Prophet T.B. Joshua, on the pulpit whileÂ he was preaching.
The 43-year old intruder, identified as Louise Mberi, P.M.NEWS gathered, armedÂ himself with a knife and attempted to stab the prophet during a church service butÂ was stopped by ushers and other security personnel before he could reach T.B.Â Joshua.
Louise allegedly hid the knife in his waist and was heading for the altar where T.B.Â 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 wasÂ promptly handed over to policemen.
The discovery cause panic in the church as security was beefed up around the prophetÂ who continued his sermon despite the development.
When he was interrogated by policemen at the Ikotun station, Louise claimed that heÂ was going to the altarÂ to seek prayers from T.B. Joshua for his poor health. HeÂ could not, however, explain why he armed himself with a knife.
The police later charged him before the Ejigbo Magistrateâ€™s Court, Ikotun, for anÂ attempt to stab and distrupt service at the Synagogue Church of All Nations.
The charge sheet reads: â€œThat you, the defendant on the same date, time and placeÂ did attempt to stab by concealing a knife in your waist in order to cause havoc,Â panic and disturb peace during the church service at the Synagogue Church of AllÂ Nations,â€ an offence contrary to Sections 508 and 80 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 17,Â Vol.2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and the magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folami, grantedÂ 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 psychiatricÂ 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 theÂ fulfilment of his bail conditions.
A member of the Synagogue Church of All Nations who spoke on the incident withÂ P.M.NEWS expressed shock at the incident and wondered why anyone would want to harmÂ the prophet he described as a philantropist.