A frontline Nigerian preacher, Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly called T. B. Joshua is dead.
The televangelist and founder of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), died in Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme in his church.
He was 57.
A faithful of SCOAN in Asaba, Honourable Nnamdi Ezechi, confirmed the incident to gallantreporters, saying “he has gone to be with the Lord”.
Ezechi said he gathered church members after Saturday’s programme and announced to them that it was time for him to go.
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed, but family sources said his remains had been deposited at the morgue and an autopsy would be performed.
T. B. 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 Joshua’s SCOAN, is one of Nigeria’s largest Christian broadcast stations, available worldwide via digital and terrestrial switches.
In 2014, his church was at the centre of a multi-national investigation following the collapse of a section of his church headquarters in Lagos, leaving dozens killed and many more injured.
Joshua denied allegations of negligence and a trial over the incident was still underway prior to his demise.