How crisis tears Synagogue Church apart as TB Joshua’s family, trustee alleges threat to Life
Ikotun, Lagos – Joseph David, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has raised the alarm over alleged threats to his life and those of other leaders of the ministry over a leadership crisis.
Months, after the death of Prophet TB Joshua, the church’s founder, there has been an unabated crisis over the running of the church.
The Punch reported that David, who has gone into hiding with other disciples of the late founder of the church, claimed that the family of the founder was using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to hunt them.
He alleged that the wife of the founder, Evelyn Joshua, was making spirited attempts to consolidate power around her, adding that influential followers of TB Joshua had been chased away, including foreigners.
David claimed that Mrs Evelyn was wife was never active in the administration of the church when her husband was alive, adding that she only functioned ceremoniously.
He added that Prophet TB Joshua had said before he died that the church was not a family thing.
According to him, the late prophet had removed her wife from being a trustee of the church before his death.
According to him, the EFCC had since launched a search for him and others, saying their lives were under threat.
It was gathered that aside from the alleged stealing and money laundering charges, the EFCC was also looking into allegations of misappropriation of the burial funds of TB Joshua, in which the disciples were implicated.
In reaction, TB. Joshua’s daughter, Promise, said the allegations against the family were unfounded.
She added that David and others were only trying to give the church a bad name because their atrocities were exposed.
Speaking on the case with the EFCC, Promise explained that the family saw CCTV footage of some persons moving money from the church, claiming that some of the drivers involved in the act had made confessional statements indicting the disciples.
“These people talking are those I believe are guilty; all the other ones went to the EFCC and returned after they were interviewed.
“All they had to do was to explain what happened because there is video evidence. I don’t know why they are running; if you are not guilty, go and explain yourself.”
A spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwajaren, reportedly confirmed that the case was being handled by the Lagos office of the agency.
A report by The Nation also stated that a letter by the EFCC’s Lagos state zonal commander, Ahmed Ghali, said 20 TB Joshua’s disciples are being investigated for allegedly syphoning funds and breaking the church’s vault.