Three-part series uncovers abuse, harassment, rape, manipulation, and staged miracles within the Synagogue Church of All Nations
In a shocking revelation, the BBC has unveiled the first installment of a three-part investigative documentary delving into the alleged atrocities and sexual crimes committed by the late Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua, widely known as TB Joshua. The renowned religious leader passed away on June 5, 2021.
The extensive investigation involved interviews with over 25 former members and workers of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) from various countries, including the UK, Nigeria, US, South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, and Germany. Conducted in collaboration with international media platform Open Democracy, the documentary exposes the covert lifestyle of the deceased founder of SCOAN.
With a global following, SCOAN operates a Christian TV channel called Emmanuel TV and has a significant presence on social media platforms with millions of viewers. In the 1990s and early 2000s, tens of thousands of pilgrims from around the world traveled to the church in Nigeria to witness Joshua’s purported healing miracles.
The findings of the two-year investigation include numerous eyewitness accounts of physical violence, torture, and child abuse allegedly carried out by Joshua. Multiple women have come forward, stating that they were sexually assaulted and repeatedly raped for years within the compound. Shockingly, there are also allegations of forced abortions following the alleged rapes, with one woman claiming she underwent five terminations.
The documentary further details multiple first-hand accounts revealing how Joshua allegedly staged “miracle healings” that were broadcast to millions worldwide. Victims recount instances of abuse, harassment, manipulation, and the disturbing reality behind the façade of the religious leader’s purported miracles.
One victim, identified as Rae, shared her harrowing experience, stating, “We all thought we were in heaven, but we were in hell, and in hell terrible things happen.” Rae alleges she was sexually assaulted by TB Joshua and subjected to solitary confinement for two years, leading to multiple suicide attempts inside the compound.
Another survivor, Jessica Kaimu from Namibia, narrated her ordeal that lasted over five years, including instances of rape by TB Joshua resulting in five forced abortions. Witness testimonies reveal a pattern of physical attacks on those who spoke out against the abuse, underscoring the pervasive culture of fear and control within SCOAN.
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A ground-breaking investigation into the world famous televangelist preacher, TB Joshua, told by the people closest to him: his Disciples.
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As the documentary unfolds, it shines a spotlight on the dark side of TB Joshua’s legacy, prompting further scrutiny into the activities of the globally recognized religious institution.
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