The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has disclosed that it discovered “huge cases of financial misappropriation”, after the death of the church’s founder, Temitope Balogun Joshua, better known as TB Joshua.
TB Joshua died on June 5, 2021, and was buried on July 9.
His sudden death has thrown up a lot of issues in the church’s leadership as he did not appoint any successor before his shocking demise.
Last week, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos approved his wife, Evelyn, as one of the trustees of SCOAN, a move that reportedly did not go down well with some of the church members.
It was stated that amid the crisis, some disciples of Joshua and key members of the church were invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Reacting to the media frenzy over the crisis, James Akhigbe, head of SCOAN’s legal department, said the church is investigating the late televangelist’s disciples and church workers without infringing on their rights.
“We stand in the light and we cannot compromise the ideal and legacy of our mentor and founder, late Senior Prophet TB Joshua on integrity, spiritual worship, unconditional love and humanitarianism,” he said in the statement.
““The public would recall that on the 9th of September, 2021, the Board Of Trustees BOT of the SCOAN appointed Mrs. Evelyn TB Joshua as its Chairperson.
“This followed an order of the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/L/CP/1109/2021 which appointed Mrs. Evelyn TB Joshua as a Trustee. The BOT had also appointed Mrs. TB Joshua as the new leader of the church with ratification by over two thousand strong jubilant congregations of the Church at a meeting on Thursday afternoon.
“Following this, and in view of the discovery of huge cases of financial misappropriation perpetrated in the past few months, reckless individualism and unimaginable acts grossly antipodal to the Sanctuary with the passing of the founder, the church leadership took steps to secure certain critical assets of the Church with an authorization for a comprehensive audit of the activities of the Church since the call to glory of our Founder and General Overseer in the interest of the global church members and future of the Church.
“This exercise involved some category of church workers including Disciples and it is being carried out objectively under a regular and absolutely normal environment without any harassment whatsoever to any person or group of persons, contrary to the disingenuous narrative now being peddled by mischief makers.”