Date set for SCOAN trial

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.

BREAKING: Engineers in custody, SCOAN trustees arraigned

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.

TB Joshua exposed in #panamapapers

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Certificate of incumbency for TB Joshua’s shell company

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”.

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TB Joshua denies the allegations

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.

EXPOSED: TB Joshua’s FAKE Kolkata bridge prophecy

“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*.

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Ultadanga flyover collapse in 2013

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.

An Easter Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As once you ransomed your people from Egypt
and led them to freedom in the promised land,
so now you have delivered us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your risen Son.
May we, the first fruits of your new creation,
rejoice in this new day you have made,
and praise you for your mighty acts.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Book of Common Prayer

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EXPOSED: What TB Joshua edited out of his Brussels video

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The last 24 hours we’ve been grieving for the people who are injured or bereaved as a result of the horrific attacks in Brussels, we’ve also had a bad feeling at the pit of our stomach that TB Joshua’s media team were hurriedly searching the archives to piece together a video to claim he predicted it. Well we were right, but what they came out with was rather underwhelming, the gist of it was:

A French country should watch out, evil people are in town looking for an assembly to launch an attack, a lot of people will die.

First question that naturally comes to mind is “How is Brussels a French country?”. Sure, French is one of the official languages but Dutch is the most widely spoken. However, we’ll leave that detail on the side, because when you watch the original some much more serious issues come to light.

In the original, there were two major parts that were edited out of the version released for the Brussels attack. The first missing part is that 4 times in the original he specifically states that he is speaking about France, not just a French speaking country. Each of these moments is edited out. The second edit concerns when this will happen. He says “Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday in every week until February they should watch out”. Now the original prophecy was given on the 31st of January, so let’s assume he meant every week thoughout February – but when did it happen? On a Tuesday in March. He mentioned 5 out of the 7 possible days of the week, and still got it wrong.

This exploitation of a horrible crime makes us so angry, as we’re sure it does to you too. The last thing a “man of God” should be doing right now is claiming he predicted the attack, but the fact he has deliberately edited out parts so he can force irrelevant words to fit this event just makes him despicable. How can anyone with a conscience support this man? Please join us in doing everything in your power to expose him for the liar and deceiver he is. Use the links below to share this post as widely as you can.