The Nigerian pastor and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), TB Joshua, will be buried on July 9.
Family sources say the televangelist, who died on June 5, will be buried in Ikotun, Lagos state, and will be succeeded by his wife Evelyn as SCOAN leader.
Initially, reports indicated the pastor was to be buried in his home town of Arigidi-Akoko, Ondo state, as demanded by the traditional ruler of the town.
However, it is reported that the pastor’s family and church elders intervened and decided the pastor will be buried in Lagos.
“Since they said the reason was spiritual, the family agreed with them,” a church source said.
According to the SCOAN’s statement, the late cleric would be buried on the premises of his church in Lagos State.
However, the statement states that the Synagogue will hold a week-long church service from July 5 to 11.
The church statement, “We know you are aware that our father in the Lord, Prophet TB Joshua, has been taken home to be with the Lord. We want to assure you that nothing will stop the work of God at The SCOAN from moving on. Prophet TB Joshua may be absent in the body but he is present in the spirit.
“We are currently preparing for the week-long service from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th July 2021 in honour of Prophet TB Joshua’s life and legacy.
SCOAN elders have also met and selected Evelyn as TB Joshua’s successor as there was no succession plan for the church.
“Someone must take charge immediately and give spiritual direction on the mode of service continuity. So much spiritual and financial efforts went into building SCOAN and it cannot just waste away,’’ a top aide said.
“None of the pastors were trained to succeed him. I would have known if any exists. For now, the wife has taken charge.’’
Evelyn, a senior SCOAN pastor, confirmed the funeral arrangements when she received Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. She said her husband’s death came as a surprise.
Evelyn was married to TB Joshua for 25 years and they have three children. One of their children, Sarah, is reported to have given birth to a baby boy on June 12, the day her late father would have celebrated his 58th birthday. – Agencies
IN OTHER NEWS:US$90 000 vanishes from car
A Harare man lost US$90 000 and a CZ pistol to thieves at Marimba Shopping Centre on Tuesday, after he parked his vehicle before buying some refreshments.
It is still not clear whether the man had locked his vehicle or not since there were no signs of a break-in.
Police say after buying some refreshments, the man and his friend drove to Norton before returning to the shopping centre to drop the friend. He then drove to his house in Emerald Hill at around 7pm.
That is when he noticed that the satchel that contained the cash and pistol was missing.
Police said coincidentally, on the same day at around 2pm, a man who was walking found the satchel after it was dumped near the gate at Milton Park Police Station. The satchel only had the pistol while the cash was missing.
Investigations are in progress. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident. He urged citizens to be responsible when carrying large sums of money.
“Police in Harare are investigating circumstances surrounding a case of theft in which a CZ pistol with a magazine of seven rounds and US$90 000 cash were stolen on June 15, 2021 at Marimba Shopping Centre, Belvedere.
“The CZ pistol with a magazine of seven rounds was later found dumped in Milton Park. Investigations are in progress,” he said.
The theft comes as police are investigating cases in which two women lost over US$16 800 to armed robbers in Chitungwiza and Beitbridge in separate incidents