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TB JOSHUA: Netizens react to BBC’s report on rape, torture of Church members

TB JOSHUA: Netizens react to BBC’s report on rape, torture of Church members

The BBC, on Monday, released the first segment of a three-part investigative documentary outlining the alleged atrocities and sexual crimes committed by the late Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua, widely known as TB Joshua.

Joshua passed away on June 5, 2021.

As part of the investigation, the BBC interviewed more than 25 former members and workers of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), from the UK, Nigeria, US, South Africa, Ghana, Namibia and Germany.

The investigation was carried out with international media platform Open Democracy.

The Synagogue Church of All Nations did not respond to the allegations but said previous claims have been unfounded.

SCOAN has a global following, operating a Christian TV channel called Emmanuel TV and social media networks with millions of viewers.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, tens of thousands of pilgrims from Europe, the Americas, South East Asia and Africa traveled to the church in Nigeria to witness Joshua performing “healing miracles”.

At least 150 visitors lived with him as disciples inside his compound in Lagos, sometimes for decades.

The three-part documentary exposes the covert lifestyle of the deceased SCOAN founder, detailing instances of abuse, harassment, rape, manipulation, and staged miracles.

According to BBC, its findings over a two-year investigation include:

– Dozens of eyewitness accounts of physical violence or torture carried out by Joshua, including instances of child abuse and people being whipped and chained.

– Numerous women who say they were sexually assaulted by Joshua, with a number claiming they were repeatedly raped for years inside the compound.

– Multiple allegations of forced abortions inside the church following the alleged rapes by Joshua, including one woman who says she had five terminations.

– Multiple first-hand accounts detailing how Joshua faked his “miracle healings”, which were broadcast to millions of people around the world.

The report quoted one of the victims, Rae, as saying she abandoned her degree at Brighton University in 2002 and was recruited into the church.

She spent the next 12 years as one of Joshua’s “disciples” inside his maze-like concrete compound in Lagos.

The 21-year-old British woman, called Rae, said: “We all thought we were in heaven, but we were in hell, and in hell terrible things happen. I was sexually assaulted by TB Joshua and subjected to a form of solitary confinement for two years. The abuse was so severe that I attempted suicide multiple times inside the compound.”

Narrating her ordeal, Jessica Kaimu, from Namibia, said it lasted more than five years.

According to her, she was 17 when Joshua first raped her, and that subsequent instances of rape by TB Joshua led to her having five forced abortions while there.

“These were backdoor type… medical treatments that we were going through… it could have killed us,” she said.

Some witnesses in Nigeria claim they were physically attacked, after previously speaking out against the abuse and posting videos containing allegations on YouTube.

Other victims told the BBC that they were stripped and beaten with electrical cables and horse whips, and routinely denied sleep.

Mixed reactions trail BBC report on TB Joshua

Mixed reactions have trailed a report detailing how late Joshua reportedly raped tortured, and subjected some church members to solitary confinement.

The investigative report by the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) Africa Eye, spanning over two years, detailed the accounts of victims. They claimed they were raped and also underwent forced abortions in a secretive Lagos compound for almost 20 years.

Following the report, social media users shared their views on the investigation.

An X User, @ur_bwoi_towa wrote: “Few minutes into the TB Joshua documentary and I’ve already noticed some similarities in some campus ministries/cults.”

@snort_randy, said: “Me and my brothers would only tune in to EmmanuelTV whenever we needed a good laugh. We could still see through the gimmicks as young as we were; reason why I find it absurd how adults fell for his theatrics. Used to drive my mom nuts every time we laughed.”

@WondaDell: “Y’all think a single documentary with no valid evidence but just accusations can eradicate whatever God has used TB Joshua to do for the world. It’s not like we’re in a court where judges rule in accordance to whatever is been said by a witness.”

A YouTube user, @DebelAjiboye, wrote: “I just finished watching the whole episode of this newly released BBC Africa Eye Documentary about TB Joshua.

“Knowing some of those disciples personally, the shock I’m experiencing is beyond words. I found myself repeatedly pausing the video, uttering a stunned ‘wow’ at each revelation.”

Another user, @emmanymatthew2539: “I remember when I first watched this man on TV- NTA Ibadan was in 1992/93 on one Saturday. I was less than 8 years then.

“My grandma watched him on TV and within five minutes, she said let’s change the channel to BCOS this man is not from God. I said how, but he’s performing miracles. And her response still resonates in my memory till date — ‘Beware of false Prophets’, Matthew 7:15.”

@theowalker5753 wrote: “Even in grave prophet TB Joshua remains a man sent from heaven. His teachings have inspired me till this day. So all these fake schemes from y’all can’t take that away.

“It’s going to be the same message and doctrines I will pass on to my generations to come. Thank you and God bless you. God is our judge.”


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