Nigerian investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo has made an interesting revelation about flamboyant pastor, Tobi Adegboyega.
Taking to her Instagram page, the controversial journalist highlighted the many reasons why the UK Pastor is well known in Nigeria, especially with his lavish lifestyle.
Kemi Olunloyo noted how Pastor Tobi the clergyman has been embroiled in several controversies. From financial misappropriation, to fraud, domestic violence, sexual abuse and many more; the list is endless.
However, Kemi Olunloyo pointed out the controversial pastor has never been charged to court despite the several allegations laid on him.
“Tobi Adegboyega is a UK based Nigerian pastor. He is known for his flamboyant Rao concert style services. He has a flair for luxury items from cars to fashion. Tobi made a bulk of his money from CRYPTOCURRENCY. He’s been accused of many controversies. Croydon MP Steve Redd once accused him of allegations of financial misappropriation. In addition fraud, domestic violence, and sexual abuse have been levelled against his church, SPAC Nation, and church pastors YET no one has actually pressed charges.
U.K government shut down Pastor Tobi Adegboyega’s church over £1.9m fraud allegations
Recall that in June, 2022, Pastor Tobi Adegboyega was alleged to have defrauded his church.
The UK court heard that SPAC Nation which was incorporated in 2012, as a charity set up to advance Christianity had been defrauding its members.
At first, the church group received positive reviews and media attention. But by late 2019 SPAC Nation was subject to media scrutiny following allegations by former church members that they had been financially exploited by senior church personnel.
The Insolvency Service received complaints about SPAC Nation before instigating its own confidential enquiries into the church group’s activities.
Investigators interviewed one of the company’s directors, Adedapo Olugbenga Adegboyega, who was also known as Dapo Adegboyega or Pastor Dapo. During interviews, Mr Adegboyega said that the church group had over 2,000 members and 200 ordained ministers and pastors but failed to provide any supporting information.
Further enquiries found that SPAC Nation either failed to comply or only partially complied with statutory requirements, including providing data to support claimed donations, and accounting records in support of £1.87 million of expenditure.
The company’s financial statements for the two years to 31 December 2019 set out £610,000 of rent expenditure. However, the company did not have a single base of its own and would hire venues across London to hold services, at significant expense.
Salvation Proclaimer Ministries Limited was wound-up after the court concluded the company operated with a lack of transparency, filed suspicious or incorrect accounts, and was insolvent at the time of the hearing.
It was also recognised that the company provided inconsistent information to the Insolvency Service and Charity Commission, and failed to deliver up adequate accounting records.
The company remains subject to a statutory inquiry by the Charity Commission, which is examining financial, governance and safeguarding matters at the charity.