There has been conflicting report on if Prophet TB Joshua is dead or alive, though multiple reliable sources indicate that the Nigerian cleric has indeed passed on.
Though the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has not officially confirmed his demise, it only looks a matter of time before they do.
What led to the confusion?
Mr Joshua, the founder of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), was said to have died in Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme at his church,
The Gazette learnt from family sources who did not want to be quoted as an official statement was still being prepared. He was 57.
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed to The Gazette, but family sources said his remains had been deposited at the morgue and an autopsy would be performed forthwith.
But his friend, former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode debunked the report as fake news.
“The story that is being peddled around by some fake news merchants that my dearest friend and brother, Prophet T.B. Joshua of SCOAN, is dead is FALSE!
“It is FAKE NEWS in its most hideous form. The Prophet is alive and well and he shall live long and prosper. Glory hallelujah!”.
Prophet TB Joshua Death Confirmed
His death would later be confirmed by the same man who debunked it.
FFK would write on Twitter;
The passing of my brother TB Joshua saddens me deeply. At 3.00am this morning I was told by one of his daughters that this was fake news & I tweeted as much. Sadly I was misled. 5 minutes ago the same person called me & confirmed the story. @GazetteNGR was right & I am in pain.
Who is Prophet TB Joshua?
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.
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.
Mr Joshua denied allegations of negligence and a trial over the incident was still underway prior to his demise.