According to a BBC Africa Eye investigation, TB Joshua, a late Nigerian televangelist, faked miracles in his Synagogue Church of All Nations, or SCOAN.
The late Nigerian televangelist was accused by the BBC of using a series of dishonest tactics to create phoney miracles. The investigation detailed six of the claimed methods used by the church leader to create fake miracles.
The accusations were sent to SCOAN by BBC Africa, but no answer was received. SCOAN had previously refuted accusations made against Joshua.
“Making unfounded allegations against Prophet TB Joshua is not a new occurrence… None of the allegations was ever substantiated,” the church had insisted.
But BBC Africa noted that the investigation, which drew insights from more than 25 insiders across various countries, sheds light on a series of deceptive tactics employed within SCOAN.
The investigation, which was published on BBC Eye Website yesterday, alleged that Joshua, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 57, was a fraud.
It detailed six ways through which TB Joshua allegedly deceived worshippers, noting that these discoveries came from those who worked with the late church leader.
Following a 2004 broadcast regulator in Nigeria ban on live terrestrial TV broadcasts of pastors’ purported miracles, Joshua launched Emmanuel TV via satellite and then the internet.
His international social media and television network, which reached millions of people in South East Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe, rose to prominence as one of the most popular Christian platforms in the world. He received hundreds of millions of views on his YouTube account.
The methods that BBC Africa Eye highlighted in its report are given below:
The emergency division: A reserved area within the church known as the
“emergency department”, was responsible for making the so-called miracles look real.
“This is where the sick, who came to be healed, would be screened, and where the team would decide who should be filmed and prayed for by Joshua.
“Agomoh Paul, who supervised the department for 10 years – receiving direct instructions from Joshua, told the BBC that the team was “trained by medical doctors”.
“He is a former disciple – one of an elite group of dedicated followers who lived with the pastor inside the Scoan compound.
“Any cancerous situation, they send them away. Then, people who had normal open wounds that can heal, they bring them in, to present as cancer,” he says.