Victims of late TB Joshua/SCOAN Seek Government inquest into BBC documentary and Police Intervention Against The Synagogue Church of all Nations and their supporters Over Threats To Lives & Harassments A group of Nigerians who suffered various abuses from the late popular clergyman, TB Joshua, has reached out to the police authorities, appealing for intervention and protection against harassment, cyberbullying, and threats to their lives allegedly perpetrated by the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and Prophet Jeremiah Omoto-Fufeyin. In a petition, addressed to the state governor, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Inspector General of Police in Nigeria, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ministry of Justice – Citizens Rights, Ministry of Justice – Attorney- General, FIDA, and Presidential Library Abeokuta submitted on 6th February 2024, the group said it was facing fresh problems because it had courageously come forward amongst other people with unpleasant revelations regarding the atrocities and abuses allegedly experienced while they were members and disciples of the late leader of SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua. The BBC investigative documentary gained nationwide attention following of the release, which exposed alleged rights abuses committed by the late clergyman. The victims, who consisted of local and foreign nationals, had bravely shared their personal accounts of sexual abuse, rapes, abortions, ill-treatments, and manipulations they endured while associated with SCOAN and under the influence of T.B. Joshua. In their petition, the former disciples who are Nigerians, including Bisola Hephzi-bah Johnson, Paul Godswill Agomoh, Ajoke Godswill, Emmanuel Ezemkwere, Babatunde John, and Eyiowuawi Michael, emphasized the importance of freedom of speech and the right of individuals to share their stories, particularly when it involves matters of abuse and injustice. However, the victims claim now face fresh incessant harassment, cyber-bullying, and threats from SCOAN and its allies since speaking out about their experiences, adding that the trauma they endured during their time with T.B. Joshua has already left lasting scars, and the additional burden of harassment further exacerbates their plight. In light of these distressing developments, the group has called upon the Nigeria Police Force, under the able leadership of Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun, Federal Ministry of Justice, FIDA, Department for State Security Service DSS and other concerned authorities to take immediate action. The victims have requested the following actions:
1. Conduct an immediate investigation into the allegations made by both local and foreign ex-disciples against T.B. Joshua and the Synagogue Church of All Nations.
2. Provide adequate protection and support for the individuals who have come forward, ensuring their safety and well-being.
3. Undertake a thorough review of existing laws and policies related to religious organizations to ensure they provide sufficient protection for the rights and safety of their members.
4. Collaborate with relevant authorities to address any criminal activities that may be uncovered during the investigation.
5. Issue a public statement condemning harassment, cyberbullying, and threats against individuals exercising their right to speak out against abuse.
The alleged victims also urged the police authorities to give due consideration to their plea and take appropriate actions to safeguard their rights and dignity.
The group is currently receiving support from rights group, Bisola Johnson Foundation/Freedom To The Captive Platform, as they navigate their ordeal.