Yesterday the trial of SCOAN trustees and the building engineers finally made a start, and you’ve got to hand it to SCOAN – they’ve bought top of the range lawyers. Finally a use for all the money TB Joshua has snaffled away in offshore accounts. No sooner had the first witness taken to the stand, and SCOAN lawyers objected due to the fact they had not been provided with the witnesses statement in advance. Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo upheld the argument, insisted all witness statements should be served to them, and adjourned the matter until June the 1st.
Lots of people on social media and in our comments section were wondering when TB Joshua would release a video claiming he had predicted the EgyptAir crash, but it never came. Until the live Sunday service, when the pressure of not having any footage that matched a major plane crash became too much. Continue reading
After Premium Times revealed TB Joshua’s offshore shell company named in the Panama papers, TB Joshua immediately issued this emphatic denial (read the entire statement here):
Yesterday, the ICIJ (the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists who are coordinating the leaked data) released the full list of names and companies leaked in the Panama papers. Guess what name comes up?
This is exactly as Premium Times reported. Other information that they did not disclose is that this shell company was only active for a little over a year, it was incorporated in June 2006, struck off in October 2007 and inactivated in November 2007. From what we gather from the data, it has not been active since November 2007, the company is listed as “Defaulted”.
What does this tell us?
First, it tells us that TB Joshua is a liar, his statement clearly and unambiguously denied having anything to do with a shell company, this leaked data shows very clearly that for 16 months he did have an offshore shell company. It also shows us that he’s shown an interest in hiding his fortune offshore in the past, which likely means he has other shell companies that are not included in this leak. After all, Forbes valued him at around $15 million, but he was able to purchase a 60 million dollar jet.
Most importantly, this revelation shows us that TB Joshua is an incredibly rich man who does not need a cent of your money. If you have every donated anything to Emmanuel TV or SCOAN you are a victim of a fraudster and thief. If you had considered donating, find somewhere else to send your money. Sure, he makes very public donations from time to time (in direct violation of Matthew 6), but he has enough left over to purchase and operate a private jet, wear different imported designer clothes every week, travel in a fleet of luxury cars and give his children the best international education money can buy – all thanks to desperate people giving the last of their savings falsely hoping for healing or deliverance. This is criminal and predatory behaviour that no follower of Christ should be supporting.
Just in case you are still holding on to hope that the leaks are fake, let’s help you dispel the myth. This link goes directly to the site of the organisation coordinating the release of the Mossack Fonseca leak. The leak has been confirmed as genuine from every major news organisation in the world, nobody is questioning its authenticity. This leak contains information about a shell company with the full names (and passport numbers) of TB Joshua and his wife, incorporated in 2006. Since this information was never meant to be made public, you can’t suggest that someone made it up in order to discredit him because there was no way they would expect the public to ever see it. The data is real, there is no doubt about that – the question is, why did he lie about it? What is he hiding?
The Cameroon Concorde website has a good overview of the court proceedings from last Tuesday. Apparently the lawyers representing SCOAN and the contractors made one more attempt at stalling the proceedings, but Justice Lawal-Akapo overruled them and ordered that the charges be read in court, noting that criminal trials are to be heard expeditiously. The charges have been read to the defendants (SCOAN trustees and the two engineers), these charges are “failure to obtain building approval contrary to Section 75 of the Urban and Regional Planning Law of Lagos State 2010 and involuntary manslaughter causing death contrary to Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011“. All defendants have pleaded not guilty.
The two engineers are now being held in Kirikiri prison pending trial which will start on May 19th.
Finally it appears the court are doubling down on their effort to follow through on the recommendations of the coroner to charge the SCOAN trustees and engineers with criminal negligence (and possibly culpable manslaughter). The Nigerian press are reporting that the engineers are now in custody awaiting trial, and the SCOAN trustees have been arraigned.
Now the engineers are in custody, they will now have nothing to gain from keeping quiet about any arrangement they may have had that could implicate SCOAN. Liability between the contractor and SCOAN lies in the communication between the two over the development. Poor documentation of the same will work against the contractor more than SCOAN in my opinion because they are the more knowledgeable of the two. As such, you can bet if the prosecutors focus on the contractors, TB Joshua will never rest easy until the case is concluded because the contractors’ first line of defense will be to shift as much liability as possible to SCOAN (these issues are explored in more depth here).
Let’s see what happens, and hopefully everyone can agree that the bereaved families deserve justice and closure, and this court case is the best way of that being achieved. God knows the truth, let’s pray that it finally comes out.
A few days ago, the Premium Times Nigeria released an exclusive report linking TB Joshua and his wife to a shell company in British Virgin Islands, through papers leaked from the Mossack Fonseca law company (know as the Panama Papers). We held off writing about this for a few days because the initial article displayed no evidence (except for a few company details that could easily have been made up), and we couldn’t find TB Joshua’s name mentioned in the parts of the leak made public (for example, here and here).
However, upon further investigation we are now confident that the claims are true. The newspaper has released the documents (see right) they were basing the allegation on, and we have discovered that one of the team from the ICIJ (the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists who are coordinating the leaked data) is Musikilu Mojeed, the Managing Editor of Premium Times. This explains how the paper got hold of documents that are yet to be made public, and also makes it inconceivable that they would use forgeries. For those who still doubt it, you can wait and see because the ICIJ have said that they will “release the full list of companies and people in the Panama Paper files in early May”.
After the initial article, but before the papers were released, TB Joshua released an emphatic and unambiguous denial that he owned any business anywhere. He finished the Facebook update with a photo of the journalist responsible for the article, Nicholas Ibekwe (who you may remember from TB Joshua’s bribery scandal) who he accused of “representing a gang” and being responsible for a number of threats against his ministry and person. This post (and photo) has been shared over 500 times by TB Joshua’s followers, which genuinely represents a threat to Ibekwe.
Clearly TB Joshua did not want his followers to know about this shell company, or else he could have made up some kind of justification for its existence instead of complete denial. A former SCOAN insider we spoke to while writing this article was not surprised that he would have excessive funds to stash away, they told us “he mingles with governors, presidents and other high flying, sometimes dubious characters, so he has his fingers in different pots. He owned an array of cars when I was there. He had several top notch Landrovers, 2 Hummers (different colours which he had specially made) and loads of other stuff. His Italian suits which he wears maybe twice, are all imported at considerable costs“. A further recent addition to his assets is the $60 million dollar private jet he purchased last year. How does a “man of God” accumulate the kind of money to live like this? The Panama Papers might not reveal any specific details, but they certainly suggest the existence of secret, off the books business deals.
As with the building collapse court case, TB Joshua looks like he wants to handle this via social media rather than the courts. If these allegations are genuinely false and the documents are forgeries, he should take Premium Times to court and let the authorities examine the evidence. We don’t expect to see that soon though, because there seems to be ample evidence that the claims are true.
“Only two or three prophets should speak, and the others should judge what they say.” 1 Cor 14:29
“If what a prophet says in the name of the Lord does not happen, it is not the Lord’s message. That prophet was speaking his own ideas. Don’t be afraid of him.” Deut 18:22
The above two passages of scripture makes it quite clear that prophecies must be subjected to judgement. Are they inline with scripture or contrary to it? If they are predicting a particular event, does that event happen? There are no exemptions for certain “mega prophets”, all prophets are subject to this kind of scrutiny, and if a prophet is confident in their anointing, they would welcome it. Unfortunately, with TB Joshua, many followers are so obsessed with him, they don’t apply the above scriptures and simply accept what he says as being the word of God.
In our previous post we reported that his Kolkata bridge collapse prophecy predicted a bridge crossing a river would collapse, but the “crossing a river” part was edited out. We’ve now been made aware of a second, more subtle, but equally significant edit. In the original he said “What do you think will happen to the vehicles on top and everybody?”. In the edited version it said “What do you think will happen to everybody?”. This detail is significant, because there was nobody on top of the bridge – the bridge was incomplete. The people killed and injured were those passing underneath the bridge. While this may seem a subtle difference, it further nullifies the “prophecy’s” purpose as a warning. You can see these edits presented in the video below, please share:
Considering these changes to the meaning of the prophecy, it is quite possible that someone who was heeding his words would have been killed in this tragedy. They were avoiding crossing ON TOP of bridges that CROSSED RIVERS, but they weren’t avoiding going UNDER bridges that CROSSED ROADS.
There’s another interesting angle to this prophecy which is extremely revealing. TB Joshua’s prophecy was released in 2012 and in 2013 there was another bridge collapse, again in Kolkata. This one was actually a perfect match for his prophecy, it was a large bridge, crossing a river, vehicles were on top at the time and it happened just over 12 months from the prophecy*.
However, there is one big difference. This bridge collapse injured 2 people, killed nobody and was hardly reported in the press outside of the region. Not only was this a good match factually, he could even claim that his viewers prayers prevented it from being much worse. What this shows is that the purpose of his prophecies is not to prevent anything, but to boost his ego. This bridge collapse was far too small a story for it to be worth claiming.