UK closes Tobi Adegboyega’s church over ‘£1.9m fraud’
Salvation Proclaimer Ministries Limited, a London-based religious group better known as SPAC Nation, has been liquidated by a UK court.
The British government, in a Release confirming the closure, said the religious group had been shut down “in the public interest” after failing to properly account for more than £1.87million in expenses and operating with a lack of transparency.
The verdict was delivered at a high court sitting on June 9 before Micheal Burton, the presiding judge.
The statement further stated that the official receiver had been appointed as liquidator of the company.
The court heard that SPAC Nation was incorporated in 2012 as a charitable group created to advance Christianity.
Much of her charity work has been based in London, working with vulnerable people, young people and offenders.
Initially, the religious group received positive reviews and media attention.
But in late 2019, the SPAC nation came under media scrutiny following allegations by former church members that they had been financially exploited by senior church officials.
The UK Insolvency Service received complaints about the SPAC nation and investigated the activities of the religious group.
Dapo Adegboyega, director of the society, told British authorities that the religious group had more than 2,000 members and 200 ordained ministers and pastors, but provided no supporting information.
Tobi Adegboyega, the church’s flashy Nigerian pastor, also failed to provide documents to support the claimed donations and expenditure of £1.87million.
The investigation showed that the company’s finances for the two years to December 31, 2019 amounted to £610,000 in rent.
However, he did not have his own base but hired venues across London to run services at ‘significant expense’.
The UK government said SPAC Nation had been dissolved after the court found 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 acknowledged that the company provided inconsistent information to the Insolvency Service and the Charity Commission and failed to provide adequate accounting records.
It is understood that the company remains subject to a statutory investigation by the Charity Commission, which is examining financial, governance and safeguarding matters for the charity.
Commenting on the case, Edna Okhiria, the Insolvency Service’s Chief Investigator, said: “While SPAC Nation has asserted that it has noble intentions to support vulnerable people and young people, our investigations have revealed another facet of charity.”
SPAC Nation was rebranded as Nxtion Family in June 2020, weeks after Tobi announced he was stepping down as senior pastor.