he leadership of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has opened up on the audit of the church’s financial accounts, which reports have described as controversial.
The leadership of SCOAN, through its Head of Legal Department, Mr James Akhigbe clarified on Sunday that no person was in detention or being victimised over the ongoing audit of the church.
Mr Akhigbe made the clarification in a statement to disabuse public perception of misguided information being peddled on social media.
The SCOAN is one of the most populated churches in Nigeria with presence in other countries.
The Church lost its Founding Pastor, Prophet Temitope Balogun-Joshua, popularly known as (TB Joshua) on June 17, 2021.
The founder’s departure created a leadership vacuum, as he did not anoint anyone as his successor; a situation that continues to attract public speculation of leadership problems in the Church.
Recent reports had it that some disciples of the Church had been arrested and detained by the newly appointed SCOAN Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairperson and Leader of the Church, Mrs Evelyn TB. Joshua.
According to the statement, SCOAN wants the public and friends of the church to disregard such reports as they are untrue.
“It is a narrative conjured by detractors to discredit the Church.
“We stand in the light and we cannot compromise the ideal and legacy of our mentor and founder, late Senior Prophet TB Joshua on integrity, spiritual worship, unconditional love and humanitarianism.
“The public will recall that on Sept. 9TH 2021, the Board Of Trustees BOT of SCOAN appointed Mrs. Evelyn TB.Joshua widow of the late founder, its Chairperson.
“This followed an order of the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/L/CP/1109/2021 which appointed Mrs Evelyn TB.Joshua as a Trustee.
“The BOT had also appointed Mrs TB Joshua as the new leader of the Church with ratification by not less than 2,000 congregation of the Church at a meeting on Thursday, Sept.9, 2021.
“The church leadership took steps to secure certain critical assets of the Church with an authorisation for a comprehensive audit of the activities of the SCOAN since the founder passed away.
“This inventory involved some category of church workers including Disciples and it is being carried out objectively under a regular and absolutely normal environment without any harassment of persons.
“Contrary to the falsehood now being peddled by mischief makers in the media the audit is not to intimidate anyone as it is to strengthen the organisation,” the statement reads.