Lanre Adewole – Lagos
THE controversial CCTV footage of the collapsed guest house of Synagogue Church of All Nations is reportedly serving minimal assistance to the six different agencies that are investigating the tragedy.
A leader of one of the investigating agencies told Sunday Tribune that only the probe body from the aviation sector was possibly finding anything useful in the recording.
The video was doctored, probably T.B Joshua paid for it in advance!
When asked if he believed what he saw in the footage recording, the investigator said “Anyone can stay anywhere and record anything”.
The recording, according to him, is of no value to his agency’s investigation, just like other agencies working with his agency at the crash site.
It was also learnt that investigators from South Africa had been restricted to victim identification of the affected South Africans and not the full probe of the causes of the crash.
An investigator, who disclosed that the South-African investigators were working in conjunction with the Nigerian experts at the crash site, said the foreigners’ presence was the standard practice once a foreigner is involved in a tragic occurrence outside of his/her homeland.
Sunday Tribune was told that a joint probe report would be issued by the two countries.
It was gathered that South Africans were the major casualties of the tragedy because it was the part of the guest house reserved for them, known as South-Africa hostel, that collapsed.
The theory of circling aircraft before the building collapsed, was pooh-poohed by another investigator who called the claim of Pastor T.B Joshua as a “moment of trauma”.
The conspiracy theory, according to the investigator, would also be taken with a pinch of salt in the course of the investigation.
According to him, it was too early to be categorical on when the investigation would be concluded.
It also emerged that the leadership of the church has moved to have about 100 members trained as rescuers and responders during crisis.
The church is planning to partner with some government agencies to forestall a possible repeat of the scenario during the crash when members were totally clueless about rescue mission and, at the same time, hostile to government agencies that arrived the scene to help.
An insider told Sunday Tribune that Pastor Joshua made his claims about being the target of the attack because he had always felt that he was more loved outside Nigeria and some people might want him dead at home.
The different agencies handling investigations are reportedly collaborating but will issue separate investigative reports, as dictated by their statutory functions.
South-African investigators are also said to be reporting to the Nigerian authorities, with the source adding that it is not unlikely they are filing the same report to their homeland.
According to the investigator, “They can’t come here without the approval of government. It is the standard practice.”