An embittered widow, Amina Adegoke has dragged the Registered Trustees of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) before a Lagos Multi-Door Court House over the death of her husband who died working for the Church.
Adegoke is demanding for a damage sum to the tune of N20million from the church.
Other respondents in the suit include the General Superintendent of the Church, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi.
According to her statement of claim, Adegoke alleged that sometime in July 2017, Pastor Kumuyi was scheduled to visit one of the churches at Temidire District, off AIT Road, Alagbado Lagos for a weekend meeting.
She added that as part of preparation for the said visit, the respondents had employed the services of late Wasiu Adegoke, a Carpenter among other artisans to renovate the church building, preparatory to the visit.
Mrs. Adegoke maintained that the respondents through one of its Pastors, Bayo Oyeyemi on July 13, 2017, after close of work prevailed upon the deceased to work at night, and that while he was working in the night, an accident occurred as he fell and injured his head on the altar of the church.
She informed the court that there was no medical attention to the injured late Adegoke until around 8.00am the following morning when he was taken to the hospital almost dead.
Mrs. Adegoke insisted that her husband died eventually at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on July 25, 2017 and his corpse deposited at the Morgue by the Church and remained there till date.
She told the court that all efforts made by her to get the church to assist her for the purposes of securing the corpse of her late husband for burial proved abortive.
Mrs. Adegoke is therefore asking the court to order that an arrangement be made for the burial of the deceased without further delay and that the cost of the burial to be borne by the respondents.
She also wants the court to award a damage sum to the tune of N20million.
In its statement of defence, the respondents argued that the late Adegoke was engaged as a daily worker along with other artisans to carry out renovation work on the roof of the building of Temidire District of the church near Sango Ota.
The church revealed before the court that at about 6.30pm upon completion of the initial job which the deceased and two other carpenters were originally engaged and duly paid for, they were subsequently offered fresh fee for a new contract of dismantling the bamboo scaffolding used for the ceiling work of the building.
The defence said the late Adegoke alongside his colleagues had accepted the offer, collected substantial part of the agreed payment in respect thereof and commenced the work same day.
The church maintained that in the process of dismantling the bamboo props, the deceased suddenly fell from the top of the ladder and in his attempt to avoid falling face down from the ladder, heaved himself backward from the ladder and fell on his back with his head hitting the floor.
The defence said, “His colleagues and members of the church assisted him, he rested for about 10 minutes to continue his work. He later stop further work and went to sleep.
“The following morning, about 6am he was noticed to be in bad condition whereupon the Church took him to the nearest clinic for treatment, but the hospital advised that the deceased be taken to the General hospital.
“Thereafter, he was moved to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital LASUTH Ikeja, but there was no space, he was then referred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba.
“He was recommended to undergo CT Scan which unfortunately could not be done until about 5pm because the hospital did not have Oxygen carrier to move the life support equipment required to support the deceased for movement to diagnostic centre for CT Scan.
“The Scan was later done, thereafter surgery was The respondents were not responsible for the accidental fall of the deceased nor for the aforesaid poor state of the health facilities in the aforementioned various hospitals.
“All the hospital bills amounting to about N1millon were solely borne by the respondents without any contribution by the relations of the deceased.”
As a result, it was the contention of the defence that the claim posed by the applicant is bogus and bereft of any factual or legal foundation.
The church however urged the court to quash the suit in its entirety.