by Kolapo Olapoju
A spokesperson for Emmanuel TV, the official station of the Synagogue church of all Nations, Mr Ken Emeakayi, says the 12 September building collapse at the church was an external attack which was executed by an hovering aircraft.
Emeakayi said CCTV footages from within the church premises showed that the strange aircraft hovered over the building, adding that it may have been there to detonate explosives which brought down the building.
He stated this while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise programme, where he was a guest, on Monday, 29 September.
He said, “We are investigating the incident for the world to know what actually happened. When you look at the clip you will see that it was not just the aircraft hovering. At the point of the incident, there was explosion. It is possible they were either dropped or planted and the aircraft will have to come and detonate it. The persons in the building said that the noise they heard suggested that it was an explosion.Those involved in the act may not have been aware of the security cameras.”
Emeakayi said four explosives were detonated in the building and that it was possible for an explosion to occur without making a lot of noise.
“With modern technologies explosive devices could be detonated without a loud noise. There were about four explosives that were detonated in the building from the much the CCTv could capture and because we know that there would be fragments from the explosive, we are calling for an investigation.”
Speaking further, the spokesperson also disclosed that the church’s founder, T.B Joshua, may have been the target of the attack, as he had been at a prayer ground where the aircraft had inititally hovered.
“A strange helicopter was hovering around the prayer mountain when the man of God was there. It was the time he was supposed to be at the mountain but he had left. They thought he was still there but he has gone back to the church. After the man of God left the prayer mountain, this same aircraft came to the church premises. The first time it was sighted was at 11:30am local time at a very low altitude hovering over this story building and we have clips. It was about 40 feet from the building. The same aircraft hovered about four times. At an interval of nine minutes, five minutes,” he added.
Emeakayi also said the church had passed on the video clips of the building collapse to security agencies for investigation, however, they are yet to get any feedback regarding the progress of the investigation.
Meanhile, an architect, Moyinoluwa Fasanmi, stated that it was possible for a controlled demolition to take place, but that explosives would have been planted at the base of the building.
He said, “Explosives are planted at strategic points around pillars that are holding the building, such that when the explosives weaken those points, it will come down. The detonation can be done remotely from anywhere, either with the use of a cell phone or a mobile device.”
However, he also added that for the explosives to have been successfully planted, the security of the church must have been breached and the explosives rigged around the building without the thousands of worshippers in the Synagogue premises noticing the operation.