The leadership tussle rocking the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), after the death of the Founder and General Overseer, Prophet Temitope Balogun (TB) Joshua, is far from being over.
Some of the ministers under investigations for offences have decided to open up and have declared their innocence. Those who spoke to our correspondent noted that there were no issues until the death of TB Joshua.
“We were sent out of the prayer mountain with fully armed policemen as if we were criminals. It was like a dream. A rude shock because there was no incident apart from the verbal instruction that we should leave.
“Of the 20 people, only four were in the Accounts department. How can we be accused of fraud when we were never in charge of financial issues in the church or signatories to accounts? Our late daddy was the sole signatory of accounts and all money goes into the church’s vault.
“Pastor Joshua took care of us because many of us had been with him for over 25 years and we travelled abroad for evangelism. Now to be subjected to police harassment and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) threats are intimidation and infringement on our rights. We have left the church, but they should not tarnish our names,” one of the ministers, who preferred anonymity, said.
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.
Those under probe are, Obasa Damilola Tinuola, Obasa Folake, Mosun Adeloju, Yakubu Abeni, Omoitoh Omoye, Adebola Olamide Morenike, Bousso Racine, Eugune Rademeyer, Cindy Elizabeth Widjaja, Fanny Elma Alfred, Angela Marie Brandt, Graham Nadine, Tonge Christopher, Catherine Ann Farr, Enrique Miguel, Olayinka Deborah Egbejobi, Mari-Anne Uchechi Ibe, David Omojevbe Joseph, Tonge Ruth and Polo Sandoval Allison.
The church has officially named the wife of the late T.B Joshua, Evelyn, as the new leader.