There have been speculations that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may have called up 20 disciples of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) for questioning over accused financial fraud and diversion of funds left by the late founder of SCOAN, Temitope Balogun Joshua.
Those asked to present themselves include Nigerian and foreign prophets and prophetesses of the church.
According to the letter of invitation sighted,, the church is expected to release them to report for an interview through the Special Investigation Team (STI).
The letter signed by EFCC’s Lagos State Zonal Commander, Ahmed Ghali, stated that the disciples are being investigated for allegedly diverting funds and breaking of the church’s vault.
The source explained that contact information on four of the late clergyman’s mobile phones were wiped off weeks after his death.
“T.B Joshua’s phones were seized by some disciples for some time and when Mama was asking for his phones and it became an issue they returned the phones to Evelyn and wiped out both the memory and contacts in the phone. They had worked with Baba over the years and they are Prophet and Prophetess and people who travelled a lot with Baba before his death. Some of them are 50 years of age and some were asked to go in the past. ”
The church has officially named the wife of the late T.B Joshua’s wife, Evelyn, as the new leader.
In a statement on its verified Facebook page, SCOAN said all church activities would be under the guidance of God and the leadership of Mrs. Evelyn.
It also pleaded with members and followers to pray for Mrs. Evelyn as she takes on her new role.
“We urge you all to join us in prayers as we wish for God’s guidance and divine wisdom in her new God-ordained role. Mrs. Evelyn Joshua will shortly address the teeming members of The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV Partners who have waited so long for this new phase in the Great Commission,” the statement added.
It was Previously mentioned that there have been reports of the leadership dispute in the church following the death of TB Joshua. The alleged dispute had led to the eviction of some disciples of the late prophet from the church premises.
Following the forceful expulsion of some disciples residing in the church at the weekend after Mrs. Evelyn was announced Chairperson, Board Of Trustee ( BOT), the church has said it was in the process to secure major assets of the church and for a comprehensive audit.
It was gathered that the leadership tussle began when concerned members of the church moved for Evelyn to be among the BOT, which was formerly occupied by T.B Joshua, his daughter, Promise, and a disciple, Joseph David.
A Federal High Court, Lagos has already appointed Mrs. Evelyn as a trustee of SCOAN based on a petition brought by concerned members of the church, represented by Mr. Kola Kareem and Mrs. Moji Oguntoyinbo against the Incorporated Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
Justice Tijjani Ringim gave judgment in suit No: FHC/L/CP/1109/2021.
Additionally, a statement signed by a lawyer from the legal department of the church on Sunday, James Akhigbe, said there were no arrests and detention of some disciples by the newly appointed SCOAN Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairperson and leader of the church, Mrs. Evelyn. He pleaded with the public and friends of the church to ignore reports of alleged victimisation as it is a narrative created to tarnish the name of the church.