The leadership of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos has denied reports that the church is bent on victimising some persons over the ongoing audit of the church.
The church made the clarification in a statement on Sunday signed by its head of legal department James Akhigbe.
The Synagogue church lost its founder Prophet TB Joshua on June 5 which created a leadership vacuum as Joshua did not anoint anyone as his successor.
The statement said the attention of the leadership of the church was drawn to reports circulating on the social media about the purported arrest and detention of some disciples of the church by the newly appointed SCOAN board of trustees (BOT) chairperson and leader of the church Evelyn Joshua, the prophet’s widow.
The SCOAN urged the public and friends of the church to disregard the reports.
“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 statement read.
The statement added that in view of the discovery of cases of financial misappropriation perpetrated in the past few months, reckless individualism and unimaginable acts contrary to the administration of the sanctuary with the passing of the founder, such issues had to be addressed.
“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,” it said.