The Nigerian Human Rights Community, (NHRC), on Tuesday said that Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka got it wrong on his calls that Pastor Temitope Joshua should be tried by the law court over the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations.
In a statement on Tuesday, NHRC said the respected Professor should have been armed with the correct information before making the statement calling for the trial of Pastor Temitope Joshua.
“The trial has been on-going. The persecutors and the defense lawyers have been arguing their cases in the law court. “As we speak, Pastor Joshua and his Church have not been found guilty by the law court. We do not understand what other trial the learned Professor is talking about,” the NHRC said in the statement signed by its officials, Taye Adeleye and Mark Eke Alozie.
Prof Soyinka had said at a book launch that Joshua should be tried by the law court over the collapse of the building.
“We find the position of the Professor Soyinka strange. We wish to remind him that the court in Lagos has been prosecuting this case, including using the evidence provided by witnesses”, NHRC said.
NHRC is a coalition of 135 civil society spread across the country establishedin 2005.
It is also member of the Human Rights Network, (HURINET) coordinated by the British Council and the African Civil Rights Network.
The NHRC said: “Pastor Joshua is not above the law. That was why he has been taken to court. What we oppose is what looks like a sectarian plot to draw conclusions even when the legal processes are yet to be concluded.”