TB Joshua Exposed For Alleged Sexual Crimes And Staged Miracles
The BBC has exposed evidence of widespread abuse and torture by the late TB Joshua, the founder of one of the world’s largest Christian evangelical churches, the Synagogue Church of All Nations. The allegations span almost 20 years and include rape, forced abortions, and other atrocities. Dozens of former church members, including five from the UK, have come forward with their accounts.
TB Joshua, a charismatic televangelist, died in 2021 and had a massive global following. The allegations of abuse occurred in the secretive Lagos compound of the Synagogue Church of All Nations. Victims, including a British woman named Rae, described being subjected to sexual assault and solitary confinement. Rae attempted suicide multiple times within the compound due to the severity of the abuse.
The Synagogue Church of All Nations, known for its Christian TV channel Emmanuel TV, has not responded to the allegations but has previously denied unfounded claims. The church attracted pilgrims from around the world, and more than 25 former disciples from various countries spoke to the BBC about their experiences, comparing them to being in a cult.
Jessica Kaimu from Namibia revealed that her ordeal lasted over five years, including instances of rape by TB Joshua leading to five forced abortions. Other testimonies included being stripped, beaten with electrical cables and horse whips, and routinely denied sleep. The BBC’s investigation, conducted with open Democracy, marks the first time multiple former church insiders have come forward on the record, claiming to have faced silencing attempts.
TB Joshua was considered one of the most influential pastors in African history, building an evangelical empire that garnered support from political leaders, celebrities, and international figures. Despite controversy surrounding a 2014 guesthouse collapse that killed over 100 people, TB Joshua was hailed upon his death. The BBC’s investigation, featuring witnesses attacked in Nigeria and fired upon, sheds light on the previously unreported abuse within the church.
The Synagogue Church of All Nations has not responded to the recent allegations but maintained that previous claims against TB Joshua were unfounded. Four British citizens who reported abuse to UK authorities after leaving the church stated that no further action was taken.