In line with arrangements as part of the burial and funeral rites of the late Prophet TB Joshua, the mortal remains of the late man of God has been laid in state for loved ones to pay their last respect.
The body was laid in state at the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, Nigeria The body was accompanied by millions of people while the hearse made its way through the prominent streets of Lagos to the church.
The body has been laid in a glass coffin in the church auditorium to allow families, church members, officials, and visitors from far and near to pay their final respect to the respected man of God before being finally buried.
The laying-in-state is part of a weeklong ceremony in honor of the late Prophet which started on Monday, July 5, and is expected to run through to Sunday, July 11th.
A tragic fire outbreak on the first day of the funeral nearly marred the beautify of the solemn event.
Per reports, the fire started in the middle of a candlelight procession that was being held at the premises of the church in line with the Day 1 funeral activity of the late Prophet.
Eyewitnesses report that the fire consumed parts of the massive structure that served as a warehouse of the church.
Officials of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) are however yet to make any official statement on the unfortunate incident.
Local media report that the fire started around midnight when all attention was on the candlelight procession.
According to an eyewitness who spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity, the heavy smoke from the area that was burning drew the attention of some church members who acted immediately to bring the fire under control.
‘Even though our response to the fire was a little late, we were able to bring it under control.
Not much has been destroyed and we have been able to salvage a lot of things from the fire.
Everything is under control by the grace of the Almighty God. The enemy has been put to shame’
By: Edwin Abanga