Ajoke, a lady said to be the daughter of the late founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua, has narrated how her father physically abused her.
In the trending documentary by BBC Africa, Ajoke, who said she is TB Joshua’s child from another woman, also alleged that the late prophet sexually abused some women in the church.
Speaking with BBC, Ajoke said she was pulled out of school and taken to the church in Lagos at age seven and locked up in the disciples’ room where she was forced to be part of the group.
She accused the late prophet of brainwashing the disciples to the point that nobody could question his actions and instructions.
“The disciples were both brainwashed and enablers. Everybody was just acting based on command — like zombies. Nobody was questioning anything.
“My dad had fear, constant fear. He was very afraid that someone would speak up.”
Ajoke narrated how she suffered consistent abuse from her father in the church because “my existence as a child from another mother undermined everything he claimed to stand for”.
She claimed she was beaten for wetting the bed at age seven and then forced to walk around the compound with a sign around her neck that read: “I am a bedwetter”.
“I couldn’t take it any more. I walked directly into his office on that very day. I shouted at the top of my voice: ‘Why are you doing this? Why are you hurting all these women?
“I had lost every iota of fear for this man. He tried to stare me down, but I was looking in his eyes,” she added.
By Seun Opejobi
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