Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, a frontline Nigerian preacher and televangelist is dead, Njenje Media News reports.
According to Peoples Gazette, “Prophet Joshua, the founder of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), died in Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme at his church. A family source who spoke to Peoples Gazette, who did not want to be quoted said an official statement is still being prepared”.
TB Joshua was 57 and was preparing for his 58th Birthday next week.
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed to the public, but family sources said his remains had been deposited at the morgue and an autopsy would be performed forthwith.
Mr Joshua reigned for several decades as a fiery preacher on television, using his platform to attract a large number of Christians from across the world. Emmanuel TV, run by Mr Joshua’s SCOAN, is one of Nigeria’s largest Christian broadcast stations, available worldwide via digital and terrestrial switches.
Recall, in 2014, his church was at the centre of a multi-national investigation following a section of his church headquarters in Lagos collapsed, leaving dozens killed and many more injured, in a Lagos suburb of Ikotun-Egbe.
Mr Joshua denied allegations of negligence and a trial over the incident was still underway prior to his death.
Njenje Media News condoles with the family of the deceased prophet, and the entire Synagogue Church of All Nation (SCOAN)