Synagogue Building Collapse: Why I exposed T.B. Joshua for bribing Journalists – Nicholas Ibekwe

T.B. Joshua at a miracle session

The last 48 hours were probably the most intense in my life. The love, kind words and support I’ve received in that period from, mostly, total strangers have been overwhelming. I want to thank everybody who saw the good in what I did. Though, to be honest, I think it was a little stupid. What was I thinking putting my life and probably my career on the line in an attempt to change something so entrenched it seems unchangeable? But really I’m not fazed by the trash talk from those allergic to the truth.

It’s a long time coming and someone has to put the Big Ben on the fat cat, I guess.

During the same period I’ve also been insulted like never before. I’ve been called the most uncomplimentary names and all the curses in Deuteronomy hurled towards me. They should be ashamed that the brushed ego of their spiritual godfather meant more to them than the over 90 lives that perished under the rubble.

I can deal with the trash talk and name-calling. But I’m also not naïve. I’ve made plans to evacuate my family to safety at the shortest notice in case things escalate. I hope they don’t. But one can never be so sure with these fundamentalists.

They said I’m an attention freak; that I published the audio clip because I yearned to be a social media celebrity (whatever that means). Well, I won’t lie; I enjoyed the 15 minutes of fame. I loved the thrill of being in the eye of the storm. In case my accusers are reading this, I got over 2,000 followers on Twitter within the period. I don’t know what to make of that yet. I’m not so sure about this Twitter thing, but if there’s a way I can convert that to money, that would be something. Gbenga Olorunpomi, how much does one twitter follower exchange for a dollar these days?

Listen to the audio below.

So why did I publish the audio?

I had recorded the audio six days before posting it on Twitter. To be sincere, I didn’t think much of it until Saturday morning (I’d explain later). I was intently watching the way the collapsed building was being played out in the media after the rather disappointing way Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, dodged reporters through a back door after his private meeting with TB Joshua on September 14. I observed that the Nigerian media were being too gentle on TB Joshua despite the glaring irregularities surrounding the collapse. I read more reports about the “hovering craft” and how Boko Haram could have sabotaged the building and other poppycock the televangelist wanted the world to believe.

Very little was reported about the structural defects of the building. Not much was written about the fact that the building originally had two floors and was being illegally refurbished with four additional floors when it collapsed. We didn’t come hard on the Synagogue Church goons who attacked first responders. We didn’t highlight the fact that many of those that perished could have been saved if NEMA officials weren’t barred from the site for almost three days! We didn’t make an issue of the fact that our colleagues who had gone to report the collapsed building were molested on Saturday.

So when I woke up last Saturday morning and saw the picture of President Goodluck Jonathan shaking hands with a grinning TB Joshua with headlines like “Jonathan consoles TB Joshua,” I said damn it! I couldn’t stomach this blatant impunity.

TB Joshua is perhaps the most powerful preacher in Africa and politicians all over the continent fawn at him. But as watchdogs, journalists must hold entrenched powers to account. If Nigerian politicians didn’t realise that more than 90 lives had just perished underneath a building without requisite permit and that those responsible should be held accountable, then the responsibility falls on journalists to force them to do the right thing.

Journalists shouldn’t be seen or heard telling the prime suspect they would write “just like you said” after he offered to buy their consciences with N50,000.

Some of the reporters who collected the N50,000 have called me after the audio went viral to complain. They told me they have been getting calls from colleagues and family members who recognised their voices in the recording. One even accused me of a breach of trust. I told him I didn’t sign a pact of silence with anybody. For me. the decision was between covering the ethical shortcomings of my colleagues or doing that which is right to make sure those who died and their families get justice. The decision was easy.

Why didn’t I publish the audio the same day I recorded it? Nigerian journalists habitually ask for gratification at press conferences and corporate events that it has unfortunately become a norm. Reporters actually think you’re a fool if you turned down what they call “brown envelope”.

There are several excuses to justify it: “We’re poorly paid,” “We have not been paid for months,” etc. Honestly, it’s hard to dismiss some of these excuses sometimes. Nigerian journalists are perhaps among the worst paid in the world. This is where the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, should do more.

Its officials should stop paying courtesy calls to politicians (of course, we know what exchanges hands during these visits) and do more to force Jet-flying owners of media organisations to pay reporters more and on time. We deserve it.

Journalists should also explore other related and legitimate means of making money like researching, writing and editing reports for NGOs, writing and editing of brochures and reports, working as fixers to foreign journalists, blogging (I recently met a Nigerian television reporter that make quite some money monthly from his blog), etc.

Like everything in Nigeria, this “brown envelope” thing has been stretched beyond the limit of ridiculousness. I’d give some examples: On August 15, 2010 a truck belonging to Dangote Sugar Refinery caused an inferno at the Ojodu Bridge outside Otedola Estate in Lagos. More than 50 lives perished in the fire. An inquest was initiated by a non-governmental organisation, Access to Justice and Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana.

Please, take a deep breath before reading the next sentence. During the inquest, officials of Dangote Industries distributed cartons of spaghetti (and some money, probably to buy ingredients) to court reporters at the Ikeja High Court to probably skew their account of the hearing. In case you missed it let me repeat: Some Nigerian Journalists collected packs of spaghetti as bribes!

Are we that hungry? Some reporters got as little as 12 packs of spaghetti. My friend, Ben Ezeamalu, was almost beaten up for speaking against it.

In fact, they erected a wall of hostility around themselves whenever he came around. According to him, a very senior journalist pulled him aside and told him it was easy for him to turn down the brown envelope because he wasn’t married and had no school fees to pay.

Ben said his curiosity was aroused while he was researching for material on the internet for an article he was writing days before the coroner’s verdict on the inquest. To his surprise, there was very little material for an inquest that involved Africa’s richest man and had lasted 19 months! After the coroner delivered his verdict, in which he indicted Dangote’s company as well as the Nigeria Police, the (short) article was tucked away in a remote corner in almost all the newspapers the next day. The fact that the coroner indicted Dangote was also carefully left out in the articles.

Other journalists have tagged Ben, “a spy” for consistently refusing to collect “brown envelopes”.

Nigerian journalists no longer know where to draw the line. A father, who lost his son during the last Dana plane crash, was forced to pay journalists during his son’s wake-keep before it was reported. There are more puke-inducing instances but I’d stop here.

For those of you saying N50,000 ($300) was too little to entice Nigerian reporters, I’ve seen reporters scuffle over N2,000 ($12) during a press conference.

During last year’s gubernatorial election in Ondo State, reporters literally came to blows at Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s home after the latter released “appreciation money” for journalists who covered his polling unit. The sharing formula was N10,000 per head, until the cash ran low and the formula switched to N7,000. Cue bedlam. The governor’s PA, looking on with contempt, threatened to evict them from his employer’s residence if they failed to conduct themselves with decorum. One fellow even started arranging for another group of journalists to go meet the governor for another “appreciation money.”

Editors should also monitor their reporters too, but we all know that some editors get theirs through subtler manner (Bank transfers).

I’m a Nigerian journalist I want to change things the only way I know how to – going public with it. I’m not saying anything new here, everybody who has one thing or the other to do with journalists knows that these things happen. Maybe I’m the first journalist to go public with it in such a manner.

Corporate organisations and individuals should also stop offering these bribes (I still insist that they are bribes and nothing else). Journalist will report your events whether they like it or not. They want to stay in business. My heart skips anytime I get a call from my editor or receive that email with a subject that reads: “Pending stories”. I know I’m required to deliver. I don’t need that “brown envelope” to turn around that copy. I know in the Punch for instance, reporters are required to fill a certain number of pages every week. They can’t sit around waiting for “money to fuel your cars” to write stories to fill those pages. The threat of losing one of the most lucrative jobs in the industry is enough “inducement”. In PREMIUM TIMES, where I work, you must deliver exceptional copies that do not smell of bribes. But the truth is most pressers aren’t news worthy so PR officials feel they need to induce reporters to write about them.

And for the fundamentalist followers of TB Joshua, this isn’t about your spiritual Godfather. I would still have gone public with this if the Pope was involved. I can’t say I’m sorry that his ego was bruised. He clearly meant for the money to influence the reporting of the event. “So what are you going to write?” He had asked. That makes it a bribe. Simple. I can’t help you if you couldn’t decipher that. I’m a reporter not a brain surgeon.

This is the last I’m going to say on this issue unless something drastic happens. Let the personal attacks continue.

Nicholas Ibekwe, a recent Chevening Scholar at the City University London, is a journalist with PREMIUM TIMES


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  • aA1

    GOD BLESS YOU.

    • Tessy

      whether you reported early or late, the important thing is that you refused to be a cohort to that evil. Other journalists involved should bury their ugly heads in shame. Money is not everything. Posterity will judge all of us someday whether directly or indirectly. I hail your courage. Fear not. Nobody will be able to hurt you except God allows them. Emmmmmmmmmmmmmm, TB Joshua, are you truly a servant of God? There is God oooooooooooooooooooloool.

      • kola AMZAT

        My brother, if genuinely that your style, i encourage you to be steadfast and move on. Continually uphold the ethics of your profession. Its a matter of time, nature will soon visit you. I salute your courage and guts.

  • Ay

    Excellent! Vivid description of an average journalist vs criminals. How i wish Nigerians like this would be allowed to progress in their career … and how i wish he will remain the same, even he has the opportunity of joining the ruling class!

    • redeem

      judgement belongs to God not man————————————-

  • Chintua

    This is why i find it difficult to believe most of the news from Nigerian newspapers as they are skewed towards gratification collected.

  • Ette

    Thank you Nich for daring to be different. With people like you in all professions standing for the right thing to be done always, Nigeria will be a better place for us and our future generations. All those who have been blinded by bribes to continue in this wickedness, may the judgment of God come upon them and may they see light and repent from their wickedness. T B Joshua is a false prophet and lying and bribery are normal to Him. Pity those who have been deceived and may God have mercy on them and help them to come out of that darkness.

  • trippi

    Even tho i have never been a fan of the TB Joshua church, I find this rather absurd and cheap blackmail. We all know it is a norm for anybody visiting any rich man in Nigeria to be given petrol or cola nut money. I have thoroughly listened to the audio and cannot find any form of inducement or bribery in it. Can this opportunist tell the world that he has never received petrol money from any one all his life as a journalist ?

    • Wähala

      You don’t get it…
      Corruption may be the “norm” as you say but someone has to be the janitor who starts the clean-up job. The essence is lost on you since you can’t decipher that it was wrong of Joshua to try to stew & skew the news you’re fed. That’s the problem, people like you would think it’s the “norm” for Dr. Dumbo to dish out Brown Envelopes to Chibok mothers and say, shikena! You’re simply sick-n-sickening! Nauseating!!

      • redeem

        The trouble with the likes of wahala is that——–he was raped and redesigned by the catholic church———————-so anything outside the catholic—is a taboo to them——–is it a sin for Joshua to ask the reporter to tell him how the story is going to look like in print——————-This half ibo half fulani man has been insulting TB Joshau since the incident——————–

    • Oladapo Adesope

      He has already answered you critics…he said he is not a brain surgeon

  • Wag530

    Thank you and well done! We need more professionals like you if our country will be saved.

    • redeem

      So from January to December all u do in d news-room is to harp on it–to d delight of yr janjawweed audience-ati editor–who has been settled by tambtutinbumla of PCA—-and u call self a good features writers- abi–Then when u are asked to work as the media manager of oga one day- wahala rears its ugly head————yakataaaaaaaaaaah–u cant perform———-
      See old boy -every assignment u cover at the end of the EVENT–reporters are OFTEN asked by the chief executives of the firms–to tell them how the story is going to look like in print——————TB Joshua is not the first–to put such questions b4 journalist—————-ordinary folks frequently ask to be told how the intro is going to read like in print—————-often reporters who are trained—have refused to disclose such information to them——yes journalist fight over transport money——so are online media houses—-also———-

      • redeem

        Most especially those of u-who publish one sided sponsored articles——–WITHOUT TAKING THE PAINS TO LISTEN TO——THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DIVIDE TO ENABLE THEM CREATE A BALANCE FOR READERS- JUDGEMENT OF THE NEWS ITEMS– BELONGS TO THE READERS-nOT THE WRITERS CLUB——What about the janjaweed editors—who sex up stories–for us to read——And when their watery janjaweed views are challenged—-in public——-u are either blacklisted—or blocked from posting comments———nothing stops the writer from asking TB Joshua why—————————he gave them reporters——– transport–fare in spite of the near starvation salaries that are being paid by their owners—–and the leaders of the parties they work for at night——————the ideals that patriotism stands for helps to breed good journalists—–also——–not party affiliation——————as we see in some online media houses———————cheeers

    • T.B. Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

      Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

      Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
      (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • Oladapo Adesope

    Go research those journos on the list of pribe takers most of them are vanguard jurnos.

    • Outraged

      Ha you forgot to ask ThiDay journos..they are professional beggars.

  • Olu Ade

    The Almighty God will continue to bless you abundantly Nicholas Ibekwe…It is God’s blessings that make the difference in your life not the Egunje and Owo eje (blood money) that most Nigerians eat. I have been saying this all my life but it falls on my fellow Nigerians deaf ears, that bribe will only delay your prosperity, and your children will reap the sour seeds that you sew. Unfortunately, youth of this day only know of Nigeria of Egunje years, not the Nigeria when there was dignity in Labor. When you take bribe from killers or people who shed others blood, you are as guilty as the Murderer, You are a conspirator whether you are a journalist or policeman or civil servants…God will judge you as one.

    I thank God that for the 10years that I worked in Nigeria, as a lecturer in a University, I never took bribe…and now in God’s own country…I get paid for the work I do, period, end of the discussion. Above all, God continues to shower his blessings on me, my wife and kids…

    This story is not about me or those of us in diaspora but about Nicholas Ibekwe. You give us hope that there are still some people like you left in Nigeria. God bless you.

    • You said: “… I never took bribe…and now IN GOD’S OWN COUNTRY…I get paid for the work I do …”

      Which country is that?

      • Olu Ade

        It shouldn’t really be about me but about this honest man, Nicholas Ibekwe dedicated to his work, and who will serve as a role model to the youth of today who really have a few people to look forward to.

        Anyway, God’s own country is USA (America), that’s how Americans refer to their country.

        • I like you to consider the following which was part of my reply to an article.

          You say: “The foundation of the most powerful country in the world today was built on the word of God, from which they have deviated. The American society is a test case of how things can turn when man rejects the ways of the Creator …”

          That’s a common lie among mainstream Evangelicals in the U.S.

          YisraEl alone is the only physical nation on this earth whose foundation is built on the Word of God. You need to see the video “The Hidden Faith of The Founding Fathers”. I have that video at my website; when you get to my website, click on RECOMMENDABLE and watch that video.

  • Wähala

    For three straight days Premuim Times ran the breaking stories, I highlighted deficiency in “structural reinforcement” during the illegal “upgrading from 2-story to 5-story (motel-to-hotel)” building as the “weight of TB Joshua’s greed that came crashing down on him”…so, Joshua dishing out star-wars stories about UFO’s and Boko Haram I also dismissed with an easy explanation. This story is about ethos of journalism and the minimum required standards expected of Nigerian journalist. At Punch and other local outfits, I have was banned for writing a scathing comment that went viral instantly. Punch not only pulled the story after 2hrs, they gagged me after noticing the number of Disqus notifications and their burning pages. My point being: Outside influence must not be allowed to dilute truth regardless whose blukous is stepped on. Nic Ibekwe comes across like Victoria Ibezi-Ohaeri, Prof. Pius Adesanmi, they say it first and wither the firestorm later… Kudos! and Mucho Gracia!

    • Guguru

      Wahala,

      LOL! You are truly wahala. You are a man of truth and courage. My respect to you. Stay strong my brother.

      • redeem

        @wahala–u will soon be tired of posting comments and responding to them yourself–wahala writes and replies to his own comments-if that is not another form of corruption then tell me what that is–in APC parlance

        • Guguru

          Shut up. Lunatic.

          • Ahmad

            In fact an e-lunatic.

    • PunchNg banned me because of my critical comments against their “men of God” (e.g., Adeboye).

  • Guguru

    Nigerians today have the most frighteningly skewed perception of right and wrong. They do not even know what “ethics” means, let alone be asked to determine if stealing or telling lies is ethical. When a mini-criminal is given the chance to report on a baba nla criminal, the story is bound to be skewed and watered down so that the term “crime” both in syntax and semantics, is completely obliterated in that investigative and deterministic process. LOL!

    • Wähala

      Since there’s no difference between the baba nla ati mini-criminals before God and Man’s law, exposing both of them becomes a moral imperative on the spectators like Nic Ibekwe… LOL! & RESPECT for nailing it!!

      • Guguru

        Wahala,

        LOL. I agree. I love it when you write in anger. Your writing is filled with explosive truths when you do. It is like a deluge to any mind in denial about the degree of rot and corruption that is so pervasive in the Nigerian system. I can imagine how many Nigerians your tick off everyday with your amazing exposition of truth about who we are and what we do to each other as Nigerians. I find myself in a similar boat as you.

        • Ogom

          Get a room!

          • Guguru

            Be quiet. Learn to appreciate the work of Wahala.

    • Olu Ade

      Nigerians’ perception of right and wrong is schewed from Oga at the top to the Oga at the bottom with Jona saying Corruption is different from stealing!

      • Guguru

        I agree.

  • ifebuche

    I believe majority of these pastors are there for their pocket. Quote me anyday anywhere. That said, you need to LISTEN to the audio from start to end. What I hear about the 50k does not sound as bribe money to me to make the journalists write the wrong thing (they have always done it that way anyway). This Nicolas Ibekwe guy is just a self righteous pr1ck.

    • Ogom

      The man has said ‘enough is enough’.. He did the right thing.

  • Richard

    May God strengthen you Mr. Ibekwe . Every leaders irrespective of the field of specialization should be held accountable to their actions. A country could only grow when leaders are held accountable to their actions. Journalists are the conscience, ears, nose and eyes of the nation. This is the last section of the country to be corrupt. I give kudos to Mr. Ibekwe. He indeed deserves an award for this singular action.

  • redeem

    The guy who wrote this piece is a catholic——-period————–so—how do u expect him to pen his thoughts—————-on TB Joshua without trying to be saintly about it————————-u mix two things up—here for us to read———with the brown envelope thing——————which is like the share some major firms offer journalists abroad—————the difference between ours and them is that——-some often turn their findings or investigative journalism into books for all to read——Such as the water-gate scandal—What we practice in Nigeria is nothing by cocktail journalism–glimpsed from the soul of party agents—or aggrieved———-government agents—-or civil servants—————-Sanusi said Oga stole 20b——–type of rubbish——-because he was accused by presido of being a thief———–is lost to the crowd——That is no investigative journalism—-Its called pepper soup journalism—–U are hired to write articles to insult the president and his wife–for a fee—(Der is god–oh)-

    • Guguru

      You write like a self programmed dot-matrix printer. Save yourself from this embarrassment, will you?

      • Olu Ade

        Guguru, Redeem is a robot, every body knows that his brain is upside down!

        • Guguru

          LOL. True.

        • Ogom

          True.. He probably is a robot!

          • T.B Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

            Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

            Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
            (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

      • Wähala

        “dot-metrix printer” indeed he is, and on loop… always churning out the same bulldung!

        • Guguru

          Redeem seems irredeemable. LOL!

        • redeem

          u alone posting comments and answering them yourself with different names———very hard working—ibo/fulani baboooon—u must be a serious mental case here

    • Enemona

      My God! your employers should, at least, hire someone with some brains! Your points are disjointed and senseless. Your writing is a pain to read, your thought-process is crap, I don’t see any reason why anybody would want to hire you to do this kind of job. You should be transferred to a function where I really think your talent would shine through: I suggest, thuggery!

      What a shame! While people like Mr. Ibekwe represent what hope still remains in the country, people like you really show why Nigeria is in such a sorry state.

      By the way, in fairness to your employers, they have done their best to employ the best they can, likes for likes; apples for apples.. I do not expect dumb people to employ smart people, especially if they have to do it themselves. To quote my old teacher, “Zero over zero is nothing but zero”.

      • redeem

        @wahala——-Is the article about PDP or Jonathan——-ati Dame Jonathan–why dont u often attempt to put on yr regional thinking cap———-for once————-the man is talking about brown envelopes–a sickness which has been with us long–before the fulanis made Zik the ceremonial president of Nigeria———-And u are here talking about issues that are not even related to the matter————-are we being told by the writer that there are no sponsored articles-by party faithfuls-in the medium that he works for? Let him tell us about the ownership structure of PT———do u really understand what he is talking about————–here——————-Reporters visited TB Joshua and at the end of the assignment- they were given transport money—————————-it is then taken to mean the man– was attempting to bribe journalist——abi——-madness of the highest order—————————–u must be an Ibo man trained with a biased mind—————did Bakare not reject $50,000 from the president–after he opened the envelope——–was he a journalist b4 he———— counted the money——and returned it?——-Sad for him to say TB Joshua offered him to money as a bribe is wrong—————what facts was he asked to conceal—-about the building that collapsed? I am waiting for u to tell me——-what TB Joshua asked the journalist to hide–b4 the eyes of the public–u often try< to Ibonize everything—then when u are caight with yr regional smelly pants down–claim fulani————- animal

      • Observer

        You and your teacher are Olodos…zero over zero is infinity…Truth is an infinitesimal in the face of falsehood. Thnaks

        • Enemona

          Thanks for the math lesson but you’re not better either. If we really go into math, you’re really the olodo here, 0 divided by 0 is not infinity, it’s indeterminate and it is one of those equations/quantities that have continued to fascinate mathematicians with several theories behind them. I will not go into details here but don’t be too quick to show your intelligence, it might make you look dumb.

          By the way, I did not mean 0 divided by 0. I did a literal translation from Yoruba “odo n gbe odo pon” something like zero backging zero is zero. Meaning a dumb man cannot improve another dumb one. The translation may not be clear cut but you should have derived the meaning in the context of my comment. I guess linear thinking doesn’t help that much.

          • Wähala

            “odo n gbe odo pon” is more like toad frog-backing toad… slime upon slime means one will slide off.
            Math is not a linear thought process, no room for individual input, the entire WEAC candidates must arrive at the same answer… i.e, 2+2 is 4 universally. Linear thinking never helps in translation of local languages bcos only the meaning needs be translated. Forget the chump, if he’s so smart he would have proof-read his post and made corrections especially with his (Thanks).

      • Naijagogoodagain

        My friend serious people don’t read comments by redeem and his cohorts. Stop reading and commenting on anything he writes.

    • Huck231

      I was going to read your comment but I stopped at “. . . this reporter is a Catholic . . .”. That is simply a fallacy which makes your comment nonsensical. It lacks merit. However, you can rewrite it by deleting attacks and addressing the issues.

      • awta

        Glad to know I wasnt the only one.

  • Usman

    Thank you Nick, if it happened in a serious minded nation, all those journalist would have since been sanctioned for hiding the truth, it is a clean and clear case of bribery, it is entirely different from money to fuel some one’s car, in fact, bribery is when you offer gift that will likely block the truth.

    • T.B. Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

      Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

      Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
      (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

      • Usman

        as simple as that

  • Enemona

    Wow! I am proud of you Nick. With people like you, there still plenty to hope for in this country. You have done the right thing, it is a bribe, no matter what they call it.

    Do not blame those that think otherwise, it is so pervasive that Nigerians now think it is normal, the no longer see these things as inducement. We need to include ethics in our curriculum. people just do not know the difference anymore.

  • Nigerian

    My brother from this account you have not done anything wrong. You are only repeating already known open secret. TB Joshua knew what to do with the so called reporters. To cover social responsibility activity they demand what they tag radio ‘charges’ or ‘anything to show appreciation’. These marauders are so bold that they approach authorities when they have news that they think can tarnish image and demand for ‘meeting’ on what to do. They will give a contact number through whom negotiation can be done. The contact will tell you the number of journalists involved and how much you are going to give each to ‘kill’ the story. After the negotiation that will be the end of that story. Dangote’s case did not die immediately because it involved the public from onset. My brother you need to be careful and watch your back. Don’t trust anyone. These givers and takers are mean and very dangerous. I wish you safety in. Jesus name.

  • Shahokaya

    Allegations of rape, illicit sex and phoney claims of miracles trail Prophet T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations. Former followers of Joshua have come out to accuse the “man of God” of deceit, rape and other sex-related misdemeanors. Bisola Johnson, a former editor at Emmanuel TV, a satellite channel owned by Joshua, accused him of spiritual fraud. The church’s studio department was dear to him.That department, she said, is where various acts of deception are perpetrated. “It was the engine room of deception and it showed how intelligent people can be fooled by simple tricks. It starts with a screening team, trained to sort out the cases. Incurable situations are discharged at the gate, while the potential are separated for further processing,” she said.

    Maruli, an elderly man, said Bisola, was one of 120 people brought by a visitor from South Africa. As they arrived for lunch one afternoon, Maruli collapsed. A junior pastor was asked to come and pray for the old man, but his prayers failed. “At the Synagogue, whatever the power of prayer could not do would be referred to the medical team for their attention,” she explained. The team was brought to examine the man and discovered that he was diabetic and hypertensive. He was given medication for the two ailments and later regained consciousness.

    The scene, recalled Bisola, sparked unfettered jubilation by Joshua’s followers present. Bisola added that Joshua, who was conducting a service when Maruli was revived, quickly ordered that he be taken to a private apartment, where he was sedated.

    At the end of the service, Joshua asked to see those present and requested that they spread the news that Maruli had died. “Majority of the people believed and I wondered why. Others took it with a pinch of salt,” she said. Later that evening, Joshua allegedly called the camera crew and said he had an assignment for its members. They were to set up cameras in the room that Maruli was kept. Joshua was said to have told the crew that what he had been praying for–raising a man from the dead–was about to take place that day. The crew complied. At about 2 am, Joshua, according to Bisola, ordered the camera crew to start recording. The heavily sedated man looked dead. Joshua then went down, lying on the old man for about 30 minutes and then got up. About four hours later, Maruti came out of the stupor. The crew kept filming not to miss the time he would come around. Maruli started his journey out of unconsciousness by utterances akin to a babble, the result of heavy sedation.

    Immediately people in the room saw him, they started rejoicing and provided the perfect backdrop for the alleged con job.

    Bisola added that when the edited footage of the video was shown to the church, many shouted for joy, saying Joshua is the Elijah of the present age. “This video has become one of the most popular recordings shown to visitors at the Synagogue. Some are impressed that Joshua raised the dead. But those who understand video production might suspect this was just a gimmick,” Bisola said

    • Based on New Testament teaching, it’s almost impossible to find any true Pastor today.

      T.B. Joshua is not the only false-prophet in Nigeria.

      Adeboye is another example of a false-prophet.

  • Maria

    While I condemn and pray TB Joshua is apprenhded and jailed, Mr Journalist, where were you during Oduah aviation scandals or why have you not published your findings about it or you have not received directive to change things from that part of Nigeria? Or no money exchanged hands during the last Anambra guber election? Nonetheless, I call on Lagos government to arrest and prosecute Mr TB Joshua, the biggest con man in town ASAP.

    • Wähala

      You’re jeopardizing our marriage with your regional insinuations…
      Stay thematic and condemn them all according to articles. Today na TB, tomorrow could anybody. And mind you, my people do not engage in Baba Alawo pastoral services with the aim of flying high on tithe jets… have you paused to wonder why only ewedu-lovers scam artiste fly private pastoral jets? No Imams, no Cardinals? Think my dear Maria… think hard!

  • Maria

    This was how Jonathan offered brown envelopes to Tunde Bakara and the members of his save Nigeria group… Jonathan is the chairman of scammers in Nigeria… the chief prophet of corruption and bribery.

  • clairvoyance

    We knew the guy was a con artist lieing like mad on TV a jet abi Boko haram was responsible for his illegal building collapse. This man is a false prophet, they have done rituals with those people if u don’t believe watch the video of the building collapse again if it as not be pulled down. Instead of the man to be sanctioned the Ebola Jonathan went and shook hands with him for a job well done cos they are birds of same feathers abeit in different profession.

  • Dear Ibekwe,

    Having listened to the tape, I want to believe you could have stood up there and tell the man you might have no need for his money. I presume you were afraid to die right? But you now got the liver after 6 days (lesser or more) I believe? After you have shared the story with some famous people and the act of benevolence they showered on you. So you melted in and added salt and spice to the story.

    Do you know what betryal is? You have betrayed your conscience. You didnt not speak up against the pastor within arms lenght, but you choose a more suitable time to write your report. Now you see what soldiers face in battle front. Fearless. Tough. Rigid. I bet it with anyone, am sure they are not has educated as you. Yet they face death everyday. They stand in the middle of no where to ensure our security. They pay the ultimate price to keep the unity of Nigeria fresh like dew. So where you thinking you will be mobbed? that would have made a different headline.

    As a philosopher, what should matter most to you? The death of the “matyrs” the “brown envelope” or the “fame” you envision to come your way if the news go the opposite direction.

    From this audio clip, my summary is this, you were paid to do this. Either by a form of gambling in your conscience for popularity on tweeter or by “your unknown paymaster”.

    Is anything actually free in it’s real sense? Do you walk freely because you choose to? I dont think so. I think its because you have energy stored up somewhere in your body otherwise you will be lying in bed.

    In life nothing is free. Nothing happens for nothing. You didnt do this for nothing. You did it bcause you wanted us to know the pastor gives bribes and he is evil.

    Are you a good man? Do you care for your wife and children? Have you slept with anothers wife outside your marriage. Well it dosent matter, does it?

    The attitude you vented in this, could have been channeled in knowing what really pulled down the structure. Can you do that? I will pay you if you can.

    Nigerian journalist dont carry out investigative journalism. And you are one of them.

    So who is more important, you (Ibekwe), a Nigerian soldier who faces death in boko haram’s area of operation, the dead in the rubble. or the pastor your wrote about.

    I will choose the Nigeria soldier. If you cant live fearlessly, then you dont have any businees living.

    #filiosofitek @filiosofitek

    • Temilolu Makinde

      I dont like your submission. It’s like you never took time to read and ponder on his words. He has answered all your questions, what has the reporter commitING adultery have to do with this? He has given an insight to the obvious happenings in the fourth realm of the estate. We all need a change and it should start from someone. How bold are you to take the first step mister?

      • Temilolu
        Am as bold as lion…and I can challenge you to a battle….

        I have read and listened to the audio clip several times over.

        You know once upon a time, I was young and childish. I wanted almost everything the eyes can see, especially good toys, story books etc.

        Until now, little did i know I was living in fantasy then.

        Do you know that when you become great, you see life in a different perspective? Or possibly you are great now.

        As a great man (or woman) been interviewed, Is it not possible that one of the reporters present in your interview could have drawn your sympathy with the looks and physical effects? If you give such money do you have to tell him is because of the bad clothes you are wearing that is why you are giving him cash? Shouldnt they be the one to raise fund for your dilema assuming it was a case like the man in the eye of the storm.

        Temmy, we were not there when all these happened or where you?

        If you can philosophise, you will see marketing and cheap blackmail.

        However, carefully wraped with empathy as a good citizen.

        • Guguru

          @filiosofitek,

          You are unnecessarily feisty and rude. Your communication is poor. Who cares if you were childish and young? What makes you think you are great, or have you been in the shoes of one who has been great before? Again, you provide more immaterial speculations that do nothing to advance your primary thesis which was to discredit Mr. Ibekwe. No one has said they were there at the time of the incident, and equally, you have not provided any evidence that you were there either. None of your speculative remarks suggests any evidence of first hand knowledge about the incidence besides your remarks pointing to you being a perpetual listener of an audio whose credibility has yet to be diminished by any other journalist. Are you on a kamikaze mission for other disgruntled and tired journalists whose aim is to any evidence of unethical conduct? Are you a mercenary of sorts?

        • KV

          @filiosofitek
          I didn’t realise mental institution patients had unrestricted
          access to the internet. The nurse is looking for you… it’s time for you to take your medication.

      • T.B Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

        Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

        Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
        (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

    • Huck231

      Your point is not fair. Even soldiers retreat from the battlefront for review of their plans. The most important thing is that he revealed this story; when he did is irrelevant.

      • Huck231

        So sorry if my point is not fair. Have you seen an optical illusion before? Yea something like a decoy? Have you ever hallucinated thinking you were wrong meanwhile you were dead right?

        Life is not about what we write in print it is clearly about we we are in this different stage names we have chosen.

        Never been in hurry to trust what you read in prints it might just be an attempt to get some us liking their web pages.

        Do you know it is possible he was not even the one who took the recording? But made a hero out of it?

        You must learn to think beyond the superficial. Life is more than what you see or what people say.

        My position still stands, he could have resisted or at least, you should have heard his voice making enquiry into the use of the money or establishing a fact that can be a lesson to all of us.

        So now tell me what did he acheive?

        • Ogom

          Drugs, obviously

        • Guguru

          @filiosofitek,

          You clearly have a habit of being unable to communicate effectively. So, why bother to take this subject on, to begin with? So, what point have you made? You are attempting to use hypothetical comments to prove your theory of why Ibekwe chose to act in the public interest. So, we ask you, kind sir, what if Ibekwe was a decoy, what if he was not the one who engaged in the recording, what if he took credit for the recording? How do these in any way diminish a highly probable fact that Nigerian journalists are routinely engaged in brown envelope activities? Are you trying to suggest that Ibekwe is more unethical than the journalists he claims have been acting unethically by accepting brown enevelopes? What valid and objectives tools did you employ in the measurement of the ethical conduct of Ibekwe compared to the ethical conduct of the brown envelope journalists?

          What if Ibekwe chose to resist the largesse of the brown envelope party at a more appropriate setting and safe condition rather than in an unsafe setting fraught with human piranhas ready to kill and devour any creature that denies such human piranhas their means of sustenance? Should we consider you a human piranha since you apparently left your ecosystem to join us in this ecosystem in order to attack a journalist who would dare tell us that the emperor has no clothes?

          The more you speak, the less credible you are. Mr Ibekwe informed the public about the ethics of Nigerian journalism in a fairly lucid manner. He warned buyers to be aware of what they are buying with respect to information being provided about Nigeria from Nigerian journalists. Investors often use such information to make costly investment decisions. if the information provided by Nigerian journalists cannot be counted upon, are journalists then not engaged in both unethical and fraudulent activity? So, do you mind telling us what is wrong with correcting such an obvious and potentially costly flaw, irrespective of when the flaw was detected and corrected?

    • Samy O

      Nonsense, the script you have written is like the babbling of someone so fully corrupted

      • Samy
        While I appreciate your comment, let us keep our eyes fixed on the ball. I didnt attack Ibekwe? Did I?. We attack issues not personalities.

        Come to think of it. Are you always right? Have you ever made mistakes in life? Do you care if people next door have eaten? What do you stand for?.

        The message Ibekwe wrote did not in any way convince me it had a goodwill to correct evil. Rather, it sounded like a man who has piper tune playing for his dancer somewhere.

        Issues rise and men arose with substance. Did Ibekwe acting cowardly or acted bravely. Have you followed him all his life? Has he cheated before? if he has, then it implies that corruption still exist in our microstructure but waiting for a perfect time for release.

        I kid you not, do you not think he could have been paid to do this? or is he such a good man?

        As a philosper, the object of criticisim should not be a person rather the motive behind it. What is Altruistic to you may likely not be altruistic to another.

        Where are we now. Do we treat our leaders with fairness, when some of us cannot manage our lives let alone or families. Sammy can you then be a judge?

        I have seen people write so much good, such as these in print only with a predefined intention which can only be to get famous. Rather for the good of the common man or perhaps the dead “martyrs”.

        So can you tell me what he has acheived?

        • Lemar

          A philospher? You kid yourself, grand delusions. You even sound incoherent. At least come out with proof that Ibekwe is corrupt or was being paid to expose the fraud that is TB Joshua and the shameful act of the journalist, that would be logical and in line with philosophy. Take your advise, channel your false sense of philospohy to write a petition to the government to investigate the deaths, do something fruitful, even investigate Ibekwe and provide evidence.

        • Please PROVIDE EVIDENCE for these SPECULATIONS of yours against Nicholas Ibekwe:

          “After you [Ibekwe] have shared the story with some famous people and the act of benevolence they showered on you.”

          “… my summary is this, you [Ibekwe] were paid to do this. …”

          “Have you slept with anothers wife outside your marriage.”

    • G4

      You frame of mind is the product of a society that is so casually corrupt they the inhabitants do not even know when they are acting in a corrupt manner, its not your fault its the way your parents have raised you.

    • awta

      Your comment is a disgrace to everything that is descent.

    • Naijagogoodagain

      I have read some brain-damaged comments in my time; this takes the biscuit !

    • Naijagogoodagain

      As late Steve Job said: some people are not used to an environment where excellence is the norm. You are absolutely one of those people . Instead of you to appreciate the risk the Nicholas is taken you are running your mouth against him; no wonder we are where we are.

      • People who are taking risk are in Syria, Iraq and Iran…can you analyse the risk he has taken?

        • Ogom

          It seems you fancy yourself a philosopher.. Some kind of deep thinker?

          You’re funny 🙂

        • Naijagogoodagain

          First risk of being attacked by sycophants like you. And secondly persecution, arrest and death in the hand of GEJ’s( or Joshua’s ) police and thugs.

    • Bigtin

      Rubbish!

      • How do you know your true Identity? Was it the name your parents gave you or the one you formed youself?

        Dont trust anyone. Oh so you believe what he has written? Have you seen our political leaders fighting on the pages of newspaper but dining together for supper? So what do you then believe? Or you want to retract your comment.

        Bigtin…there’s more to life…

        • To: @filiosofitek

          Please PROVIDE EVIDENCE for these SPECULATIONS of yours against Nicholas Ibekwe:

          “After you [Ibekwe] have shared the story with some famous people and the act of benevolence they showered on you.”

          “… my summary is this, you [Ibekwe] were paid to do this. …”

          “Have you slept with anothers wife outside your marriage.”

        • Guguru

          @filisofitek,

          We shall take your advice and proceed to not trusting you either. So, why should we believe you any more than we have believed Mr. Ibekwe given the level of distrust you have advised us to have about others? Do you see how that works now? Why don’t you provide us with the answers to your inane questions? Why ask questions of others when you are the one trying to make a case against another? I have never seen where any intelligent person use questions and speculations to make a valid case. Such a method of inquiry diminishes such a person’s position. There is something terribly wrong with the way you think.

      • Ogom

        Total!

    • Goodyouth

      God bless you, I hv known and heard abt this man from a distance that he will never entertained you and not

      give you a gift. hearing the Audio i was amazed abt the claimed of Nicolas as if he called them to give them a bribe? in the process of talking to the journalist he just said, what are u going to write now? all started laughing cos there was a question that made him urter that word. let fear God. I belt u, nicolas u can never go far in life with this allegation. if it where to be a bribe i know this man can offer u guys 5m each. he just felt to give u money for ur fuel which most of u go to government function and take same. why his own a different story? THERE IS GOD OOOOOO

      • T.B. Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

        Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

        Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
        (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

    • Tufiakwa

      For how many days have you missed your medication? You have been warned that with your Psychosis, you must never miss your medicine. Just to remind you that while soldiers fight with guns in battle fields, journalists fight with the pen in the media. I fail to understand your rambling here. Your rambling can only be as a result of your refusing to follow your psychiatrist’s instructions.

    • Mosaku 147

      You might be right to have the position you taken,but lf we are to be sincere there is no way a right thinking man would have stood up right there to tell Joshua off to his face.knowning you are alone and other reporters have already been bought,if he attempts it there,the story could have changed to “PT journalist solicits for bribe from TB Joshua” and this would be the headlines from the other reporters present the very next day.
      I would have thought we should all join hands in calling for persecution of the chief engineer of SCOAN and TB Joshua himself if for any reason he authorized the work without appropriate approval.
      As for Mr Nicholas Ibekwe should be commended for this exposure.

      • Uzoma wrote:
        … So, to that extent the 50k naira MAY BE considered some kind of inducement. Yet this is not why I was scandalized by the audio. The real scandal comes from the very chatty atmosphere of what went on. Both T.B. Joshua and the journalists (Mr. Ibekwe probably included) seemed to joke and laugh (and probably backslap each other) as if they were at a party where a politician was declaring his intention to run for office or at a press conference by the Super Eagles manager after a well-deserved victory by his team. That, to me, is clearly insensitive considering that, by the last count, more than one hundred people lost their lives in the building collapse. …

        trippi wrote:
        Even tho i have never been a fan of the TB Joshua church, I find this rather absurd and cheap blackmail. We all know it is a norm for anybody visiting any rich man in Nigeria to be given petrol or cola nut money. I have thoroughly listened to the audio and cannot find any form of inducement or bribery in it. Can this opportunist tell the world that he has never received petrol money from any one all his life as a journalist?

        ifebuche wrote:
        I believe majority of these pastors are there for their pocket. Quote me anyday anywhere. That said, you need to LISTEN to the audio from start to end. What I hear about the 50k does not sound as bribe money to me to make the journalists write the wrong thing (they have always done it that way anyway). This Nicolas Ibekwe guy is just a self righteous pr1ck.

      • Goddelivernigeria

        after reading all the comments here, i discovered that we are still very far, and its so difficult to redeem nigeria from decay. I dont think that some people who wrote comments here has ever stepped their foot outside the shores of Nigeria, because if they have, they will know that even an animal kingdom is more organized than Nigeria. Instead of appreciating a man like Ibekwe who has just put his life on the line and that of his family, you are all there talking rubbish. I wonder how some men run their homes if they could write some mentally derailed comments like theirs. My wife is a journalist with of this media houses and i know that Ibekwe is saying the truth. These Men he mentioned their names do come to my wife’s office with bags of rice and money, just to shut up the mouths of reporters when such evil happens. I swear, God will surely judge people and make them pay for taking away innocent lives. If you dont know what to say, please do not comment because God is watching us closely.

    • Guguru

      @filiosofitek,

      Why do i and many others presume you to be an id!ot? We do for a very interesting reason stated in your inane diatribe. You stated, “So you melted in and added salt and spice to the story.” Could you tell us when and how you managed to see a human being melt into any substrate or entity? Did you see Ibekwe add salt and spice to anything? How do you add salt and spice to a story? Obviously, you must have mechanisms to accomplish these stated feats yet unknown to man and humanity, right? Otherwise, you must be a magician or a close aide to alien creeatures, to say the least. You wrote here to discredit the work of Mr. Ibekwe only to end up making a f00l of yourself with your poorly communicated diatribe. Why don’t you start first by polishing your means and mode of communication before you ever consider going after someone who has done a better job than you have done? Better still, clean and re-tune your tin foil hat. You probably need it.

    • Please PROVIDE EVIDENCE for these SPECULATIONS of yours against Nicholas Ibekwe:

      “After you [Ibekwe] have shared the story with some famous people and the act of benevolence they showered on you.”

      “… my summary is this, you [Ibekwe] were paid to do this. …”

      “Have you slept with anothers wife outside your marriage.”

    • xandril

      Thank you very much. I worked with a media house before and as an engineer, I had course to go out to cover a live program since I was in charge of the OB Van otherwise called mobile transmitter. My dear brother all that the Nigeria reporters does is beg for money at the end of every event. Quote me anywhere. I was an insider, all government agencies gives them brown envelop at the end of every media briefing. I wonder how come this guy never reported such.

      • Uzoma wrote:
        “… So, to that extent the 50k naira MAY BE considered some kind of inducement. Yet this is not why I was
        scandalized by the audio. The real scandal comes from the very chatty atmosphere of what went on. Both T.B. Joshua and the journalists (Mr. Ibekwe probably included) seemed to joke and laugh (and probably backslap each other) as if they were at a party where a politician was declaring his intention to run for office or at a press conference by the Super Eagles manager after a well-deserved victory by his team. That, to me, is clearly insensitive considering that, by the last count, more than one hundred people lost their lives in the building collapse. …”

        trippi wrote:
        Even tho i have never been a fan of the TB Joshua church, I find this rather absurd and cheap blackmail. We all know it is a norm for anybody visiting any rich man in Nigeria to be given petrol or cola nut money. I have thoroughly listened to the audio and cannot find any form of inducement or bribery in it. Can this opportunist tell the world that he has never received petrol money from any one all his life as a journalist?

        ifebuche wrote:
        I believe majority of these pastors are there for their pocket. Quote me anyday anywhere. That said, you need to LISTEN to the audio from start to end. What I hear about the 50k does not sound as bribe money to me to make the journalists write the wrong thing (they have always done it that way anyway). This Nicolas Ibekwe guy is just a self righteous pr1ck.

    • Uzoma wrote:
      … So, to that extent the 50k naira MAY BE considered some kind of inducement. Yet this is not why I was scandalized by the audio. The real scandal comes from the very chatty atmosphere of what went on. Both T.B. Joshua and the journalists (Mr. Ibekwe probably included) seemed to joke and laugh (and probably backslap each other) as if they were at a party where a politician was declaring his intention to run for office or at a press conference by the Super Eagles manager after a well-deserved victory by his team. That, to me, is clearly insensitive considering that, by the last count, more than one hundred people lost their lives in the building collapse. …

      trippi wrote:
      Even tho i have never been a fan of the TB Joshua church, I find this rather absurd and cheap blackmail. We all know it is a norm for anybody visiting any rich man in Nigeria to be given petrol or cola nut money. I have thoroughly listened to the audio and cannot find any form of inducement or bribery in it. Can this opportunist tell the world that he has never received petrol money from any one all his life as a journalist?

      ifebuche wrote:
      I believe majority of these pastors are there for their pocket. Quote me anyday anywhere. That said, you need to LISTEN to the audio from start to end. What I hear about the 50k does not sound as bribe money to me to make the journalists write the wrong thing (they have always done it that way anyway). This Nicolas Ibekwe guy is just a self righteous pr1ck.

    • Sandra Ezekwesili Sandyjaga

      You have just blabbed Sir.

    • Realnigerian

      Shame on you @filiosofitek.

    • Vanguard for the Opressed

      Nicholas Congratulations!! We need more Nigerian journalists like you who would discharged their duties without fear or favour. So much wrong is going on in the polity because journalist have failed as defenders of the fourth estate of the realm. There is rot in all the political life in the nation. Whether PDP, APC or codeine it’s the same rot. Infact this so called APC that is clamouring to take over the realms of power is even worse than the PDP but because of it’s strangle-hold on the press not much is being heard by anyone. It might interest you to note that despite his much touted achievements, Governor Fashola presides over one of the most corrupt states in the federation. There is so much graft everywhere you turn. Lawlessness and open brigandry hold sway and cultism is the order of the day. He is quite handicapped as he is only serving the will of his master. Journalists owe the people a duty to expose the ills of the society and ensure that evil is stopped on it’s heels. More kudos to you.

    • Enemona

      Your points are very inconsistent. Overall, you sound like one of the journalists at the event who is now struggling very hard to find a way to discredit Mr. Ibekwe for the good work he has done.

      To many Nigerians, he has shown courage, toughness and serious brawn. If he had stood there to refuse the inducement the issue would have died. He would probably have been whisked away to be killed and covered up, the issue would have died with him and the rest of you would have gone home to enjoy your loot. By secretly recording the discussion and staying there to the end, he had ensured he got the evidence to back his claims and the possibility that it will get to the public who would eventually be served well to receive it. This is a sting job and tit is a good practice by investigative journos, I wonder where you get your thoughts.

      If he was doing this for the money, Mr. Ibekwe would be very rich by now, all he would have done is what the rest of you do always. He would have sent a copy of the tape to TB and ask for a higher pay and he would receive it but he didn’t, that’s integrity by whatever name you call it. But, no, you don’t see it so. In your little world, you think he is doing it for his ‘pay masters’ yes, he is, he is doing his legal job and he is paid to do it. The rest of you have shirked your job but chase after crumbs!

      This man has shown creativity, deftness and courage and here you are trying to go around the issue to bring a good man down. You should be ashamed of yourself for these thoughts of yours, they are lame, to say the least. I would be glad if PT can give a promotion or a pay raise for this, not many Nigerians can do this.

      Please think deeply and you would celebrate this man. I do not expect you to do so though because he stands against an illegal source of income for people like you.

      • dudu

        well said

  • Temi

    You have shown your character and class. I pray for courage and more grace. Please be watchful, do not end up like the Ruben Abati

    • T.B Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

      Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

      Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
      (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • Emmauel

    Except you are employing a journalist or paying for her professional services, any gift you give a journalist covering you is an inducement. Just like lawyers cannot collect gifts from their opponents in any case.

    • Thanks for this comment. I think it’s the answer to the following COMPLEXITY: the issue of HOSPITALITY which is a good thing.

      Uzoma wrote:
      … So, to that extent the 50k naira MAY BE considered some kind of inducement. Yet this is not why I was scandalized by the audio. The real scandal comes from the very chatty atmosphere of what went on. Both T.B. Joshua and the journalists (Mr. Ibekwe probably included) seemed to joke and laugh (and probably backslap each other) as if they were at a party where a politician was declaring his intention to run for office or at a press conference by the Super Eagles manager after a well-deserved victory by his team. That, to me, is clearly insensitive considering that, by the last count, more than one hundred people lost their lives in the building collapse. …

      trippi wrote:
      Even tho i have never been a fan of the TB Joshua church, I find this rather absurd and cheap blackmail. We all know it is a norm for anybody visiting any rich man in Nigeria to be given petrol or cola nut money. I have thoroughly listened to the audio and cannot find any form of inducement or bribery in it. Can this opportunist tell the world that he has never received petrol money from any one all his life as a journalist?

      ifebuche wrote:
      I believe majority of these pastors are there for their pocket. Quote me anyday anywhere. That said, you need to LISTEN to the audio from start to end. What I hear about the 50k does not sound as bribe money to me to make the journalists write the wrong thing (they have always done it that way anyway). This Nicolas Ibekwe guy is just a self righteous pr1ck.

  • awta

    PLEASE run for president in this comming election! You have my vote.

    #Nicholas Ibekwefor president.

  • Jacobus James

    Criminal Act

    I am very proud of Nicholas for speaking up; really doesn’t matter when he did the
    speak up. A wise man strategizes to live to fight another day. Jokers who pass
    as Nigerians will crawl and live on their bellies to pranksters and rogues who
    have stolen from them. To have the master joker Jonathan (probably thinks that a hand shake between Josh and Jon is a photo – op to gain votes from Ikotun Egbe and environs) go to
    sympathize with Joshua comes as no surprise. The guy has ceased to surprise me;
    but the Lagos governor ? A lawyer, and to boot, the public official whose
    agencies ought to have Joshua in jail on suspicion of mass murder, to sneak in
    to see Joshua, a damn disgrace! Same Joshua who neither sought nor obtained
    permit to add more floors to the weak structure that collapsed from governor what’s his name –
    my God. Something is terribly wrong with Nigeria. Nausea. Hope is completely gone

  • redeem

    @wahala——-Is the article about PDP or Jonathan——-ati Dame Jonathan–why dont u often attempt to put on yr regional thinking cap———-for once————-the man is talking about brown envelopes–a sickness which has been with us long–before the fulanis made Zik the ceremonial president of Nigeria———-And u are here talking about issues that are not even related to the matter————-are we being told by the writer that there are no sponsored articles-by party faithfuls-in the medium that he works for? Let him tell us about the ownership structure of PT———do u really understand what he is talking about————–here——————-Reporters visited TB Joshua and at the end of the assignment- they were given transport money—————————-it is then taken to mean the man– was attempting to bribe journalist——abi——-madness of the highest order———–simply because TB Joshau asked him, to narrate how he is going to present the story to the public—in his medium—–Is he being asked that question for the first time since he started reporting-? Then he must be a cub reporter————Besides————-u must be an Ibo man trained with a biased mind—————did Bakare not reject $50,000 from the president–after he opened the envelope–?——was he a journalist b4 he———— counted the money——and returned it to Jonathan?——-Sad for him to say TB Joshua offered him d money as a bribe– its wrong—————what facts was he asked to conceal—-about the building that collapsed? I am waiting for u to tell us——-what TB Joshua requested the journalist to hide–b4 the eyes of the public–u often try to Ibonize everything—then when u are caught with yr regional smelly pants down–u claim fulani————-what is the article about–that journalist do accept brown envelopes yes— is TB Joshua the first No–did he try to bribe the so called– journalist–no–was he the first Nigeria ask such a question Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa———- animal

    • Realnigerian

      The comedian at it again.

      • BigHead

        Indeed, a comedian without an audience.

  • Satyr

    Nigeria is a sad nation! Well done Nicholas Ibekwe. May the four elements be positive with you…asheee

  • tulampa

    My man God bless u. He will always deliver u from all adversities and tribulations if u can always be truthful and honest as this. Nigeria needs to change, thanks for taking d iniative

    • T.B. Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

      Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

      Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
      (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

      • Chris1408

        I’ve been waiting for the pastors to start laying hands on Ebola patients and perform their miracle healings.

  • Ha

    Busy distributing N50,000 to each one of the journalists happily and cheeringly as if in a get-together party. Joshua and Ayo your lies will soon end. From the building collapse video you would suspect a controlled demolition.

  • Uzoma

    I have downloaded and listened to the audio. Here’s my verdict:

    There is no doubt the “So what are you gonna write now?” was intended to subtlely suggest to the journalists not to turn in very damaging reports–and even if those words hadn’t been pronounced it wouldn’t have made much difference. To be able to make highly educated people, including heads of State, come from far and near to do his bidding, T.B. Joshua must be skilled at manipulating people. So, to that extent the 50k naira may be considered some kind of inducement. Yet this is not why I was scandalized by the audio. The real scandal comes from the very chatty atmosphere of what went on. Both T.B. Joshua and the journalists (Mr. Ibekwe probably included) seemed to joke and laugh (and probably backslap each other) as if they were at a party where a politician was declaring his intention to run for office or at a press conference by the Super Eagles manager after a well-deserved victory by his team. That, to me, is clearly insensitive considering that, by the last count, more than one hundred people lost their lives in the building collapse.

    The larger question raised by this episode, though, is: How many stories reported by our press in the last one year, for example, should we now have to revisit to see if the journalists who reported them had not filed their report under the influence of some inducement? For example, can we now request a revisit of the Senator Abe shooting episode to see if he was really injured and needed to be flown to London for treatment or some journalists, in particular Punch staffers, were induced to float the narrative they floated?

  • djay

    Well said Nicholas, Its now a normal thing for people to die in Nigeria. The enemy of a black man is the black man himself and not the whites. The whites have tried to lift us out of our mentality but we have bluntly refused. That building, on record ,was an illegal structure that killed 115 people thus putting thousands in grief. In normal society where the rule of law precedes it’s a crime. The president was there to console him and it ends there after all they are used to things like this happening here where human lives means nothing to them. His prophesy should seen it happening since he performs miracle he can as well raise the dead back to life. Some men of God playing god.

  • Uzoma wrote:
    … So, to that extent the 50k naira MAY BE considered some kind of inducement. Yet this is not why I was scandalized by the audio. The real scandal comes from the very chatty atmosphere of what went on. Both T.B. Joshua and the journalists (Mr. Ibekwe probably included) seemed to joke and laugh (and probably backslap each other) as if they were at a party where a politician was declaring his intention to run for office or at a press conference by the Super Eagles manager after a well-deserved victory by his team. That, to me, is clearly insensitive considering that, by the last count, more than one hundred people lost their lives in the building collapse. …

    trippi wrote:
    Even tho i have never been a fan of the TB Joshua church, I find this rather absurd and cheap blackmail. We all know it is a norm for anybody visiting any rich man in Nigeria to be given petrol or cola nut money. I have thoroughly listened to the audio and cannot find any form of inducement or bribery in it. Can this opportunist tell the world that he has never received petrol money from any one all his life as a journalist ?

    ifebuche wrote:
    I believe majority of these pastors are there for their pocket. Quote me anyday anywhere. That said, you need to LISTEN to the audio from start
    to end. What I hear about the 50k does not sound as bribe money to me to make the journalists write the wrong thing (they have always done it
    that way anyway). This Nicolas Ibekwe guy is just a self righteous pr1ck.

    • redeem

      —-Questions such as the ones TB Joshua asked occur daily–at news confabs—-that does not mean he bribed the journalist————–to enable them hide the facts surrounding the building that collapsed—-Na waooooooh——-When some foreign journalist covered an assignment in Aso Rock with late Abacha—and were given transport money—by Jerry GANA—–they simply said not–thanks and walked away—to write their stories—The usual thinking among journalist is that –when money is handed over to u as bribe————its given because the giver wants u to perform a criminal acts for him or her——–So let the journalist tell the world what TB Joshua ——-pleaded with him to conceal from the eyes of the public’ AND HOW MUCH HIS EMPLOYERS GAVE HIM TO COVER THE ASSIGNMENT———Some rogues who have never worked in the newsroom b4 in their lives are all here to sex up an article that does not make sense one little bit—————I am waiting for him to tell us——-what TB Joshua requested him to hide–b4 the eyes of the public—-why must people attempt to Ibonize simple issues—-just because u are catholic and i am a native doctor———And when THEY are caught like d wahalas–often do here– with yr regional ideas they claim ignorance——————This is an issue that that the Ethic community of the NUJ—————–should investigate————–and I challenge TB Joshua–to put his religious toga–whether fake or real aside–and challenge the matter in court———————-this is nothing but pure blackmail———–These are the types of rubbish that we saw the likes of late Evan Osi of the Vanguard stable– often embark on——————————This man was expecting millions from TB JOSHUA and got disappointed when he was handed a pantry 50,000———–what is the article about–that journalist do accept brown envelopes yes— is TB Joshua the first No–did he try to bribe him to kill a story naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa—————————-sow hat is the noise about————i begi

      • Uzoma’s analysis on this matter is very true. He/she said:

        … So, to that extent the 50k naira MAY BE considered some kind of
        inducement. Yet this is not why I was scandalized by the audio. The real
        scandal comes from the very chatty atmosphere of what went on. Both
        T.B. Joshua and the journalists (Mr. Ibekwe probably included) seemed to
        joke and laugh (and probably backslap each other) as if they were at a
        party where a politician was declaring his intention to run for office
        or at a press conference by the Super Eagles manager after a
        well-deserved victory by his team. That, to me, is clearly insensitive
        considering that, by the last count, more than one hundred people lost
        their lives in the building collapse. …

      • mymy

        Redeem nwanne pls tell that man to be very careful on what he say, i think may he arrived as soon as they finished sharing the money. Besides, if he continue this way, he may die be4 his timeoooo.if he want to be acting as a watch-dog, he should start from his local govt district. so mr journalist be WISEOOOO cos the issue of this Nija bribe is a very big mystery and its beyond human understanding. How many police men have u reveal their secret? MUMU be careful.

  • Ben Ikari

    For the most, lackluster and bribe-drenching or pay-as-you-go, pay to get the best coverage and protection’s journalism is the nigerian way of life. Hardly can you find a news group or organization that isn’t guilty of bribery and corruption. Close to 100% of newspapers that are privately owned take money to publish certain articles in their hard copy newspaper despite money they make from advertisement and the sales of same paper. Meanwhile, are you sure Premium Times doesn’t protect certain interests, especially politicians: Goodluck Jonathan and federal government, national assembly members, and businesses or corporations like most newspapers and Online newsreels might be doing? Are you surprised or not concerned that the so-called national conference, which failed on arrival just wasted millions to reproduce most of what has been produced by other failed conferences hence protects the status quo and also gave cover to Jonathan for a second term yet nigerian media including Premium Times refuse to make an independent and critical review rather seems to have endorsed such massive failure? And are you surprised that most mainstream nigerian media are owned by citizens from the oppressive ethnic groups who misname themselves major (and whose interest is to protect the status quo-they own 21 out of 36 states, most of which are nonviable rather parasitic) yet can’t use their majorness to create more and make better the country instead of depending solely on oil from niger delta? That is nigerian media for you, if you’ve become so enlightened, wise and free that you can see beyond the prison that is nigeria and its media!

    • redeem

      There is no single newspaper or online media outfit in Nigeria that is bribe free——-from sharia reporters to punch————-what u must observe to enable u know those who take bribe is the news————————–content——————paddy man—————————-the types of articles they publish in the name of their anti corruption–postures for the socalled progressive minds in APC——————————show me one single media house in Nigeria that is behind the government of Jonathan——–None–because they do not even know how to distribute brown envelopes like APC——-But—-then bend down a little bit and point to the ones–who work in favor of APC————from sharia reporters to only Allah knows—————-kalas-

  • NIGERIAN

    purity of heart is the greatest miracle of all times. …world famous televangelist offering bribe……..

    • redeem

      told us what the bribe money was for————————————for him not to publish the story—————same old lies————-

  • boliatepa

    I was a journalist in Nigeria for 8 years as a reporter and editor, and for half of those I collected brown envelopes. Everything said is true. I became a sort of outcast the moment I stopped taking “Keske” as we called it then, about two decades ago. The issue is that the whole of the Nigerian society feeds on corruption, but journalists have no excuse because they are the conscience of the nation. Something has to happen, when they can be bribed with pasta. That, my countrymen, is as worse as it gets. When it gets this worse, things have to start changing. The time for change is now and I am glad that someone has taken it up from inside as a mission. Good news, my friends. Font page story, this one is.

    • redeem

      u never practiced for one day–and never a journalist for even a second—————————-no sane journalist worth his salt will hate u for rejecting an envelope————————all your colleagues will do is to make fun of u—————————-the Reuben Abati way———-reward for journalist is no longer in heaven—————–axiom—————————cheers

      • D1

        Apparently, you are one of the journalists collecting ‘keske” as stated, because your defense of this act and castigation of Nicholas Ibekwe is really suspicious. You will definitely be found out soonest. Ole, wobia, oni jekuje. omo ale!

      • TJ

        R u sure u r ok?

  • Udoh Progress

    This is serious. Am dumbfounded.

  • redeem

    I am not a member of TB Joshua church–but one thing i detest in life—–is when reporters attempt to use their pen to attempt lie——their way to the moon–as this so-called journalist is attempting to do–what facts was he the socalled journalist asked to conceal—-can any tell me what TB Joshua pleaded with him to hide—- not to publish—————? I am waiting for an answer——This holier than thou posture by the writer does not make sense—Money is distributed to journalist—the next thing is for the giver to ask the reporters to tell him or her how he is going to write the story—————Such questions are occur daily—that does not mean he bribed the journalist————to enable them hide the facts surrounding the building that collapsed————-When money is handed over to u as bribe————its given because the giver wants u to perform a criminal acts for him or her——–So let the journalist tell the world what TB Joshua ——-pleaded with him to conceal from the eyes of the public’ Some rogues who have never worked in the newsroom b4 in their lives are all here to sex up an article that does not make sense one little bit—————I am waiting for him to tell us——-what TB Joshua requested him to hide–b4 the eyes of the public—-why must people attempt to Ibonize simple issues————–then when u are caught with yr regional ideas they claim ignorance——————This is an issue that that the Ethic community of the NUJ—————–should investigate————–and I callenge TB Joshua–to put his religious toga aside and challenge the man in court———————-this is nothing but pure blackmail———–These are the type of rubbish that we saw the likes of late Evan Osi of the Vanguard stable often embark on——————————This man was expecting millions from TB JoSHAU And got disappointed when he was handed 50,000———–what is the article about–that journalist do accept brown envelopes yes— is TB Joshua the first No–did he try to bribe the so called– journalist–no–was he the first Nigeria ask such a question Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa———- animal

    • Truth

      Thanks a lot, I am involved in planning an event for persons with disabilities coming up on October 24th 2014 and we have mapped out transport fare for journalist that will come to cover our event. Is this one too bribe?

      • Onike24

        Yes it is a bribe.

  • absam777

    Any one who’s been following this writer’s career and writings in the Premium knows that he is one of the best journalist (all -round- investigative, reporting and features) in Nigeria. Respect and Peace to you.

    • Truth

      There is nothing special about him. Must you tell lies just climb to the top. Is there any new thing about the Synagogue church story that we have not heard. When you see a pharisee and holier than thou people we know.

  • JOSE

    THE STORM WILL BE OVER,ONLY GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING,IT MIGHT BE HUMAN ERROR OR NOT IS JUST FOR GOD TO JUDGE

  • Ose Golden O.

    What was his intention for offering the monetary gift?

    • redeem

      he should be able to tell the entire world why the 50k was offered him–this is pure blackmail

  • sanetalk

    The rot could be very deep but that does not mean it cannot be cleaned. Someone must start the cleaning process and Ibekwe has given some hope in this direction. Those of us who appreciate you are more than those who upbraid you so keep up the good work

  • Rufus

    God protect you and your family.

  • redeem

    I am not a member of TB Joshua church–but one thing i detest in my life—–is when reporters attempt to use their pen to lie——their way to the moon–as this so-called journalist is trying to do———its evil and must be stopped———–whether TB Joshua is a fake pastor or not– is never my concern—here—The issues which is troubling my regional souls here is about a case of bribery——as reported by the journalist—–My question is—what facts was he the so called journalist —-asked to conceal- by TB Joshua from the eyes of the public-? Can any tell me what TB Joshua pleaded with him to hide—- not to publish—–or to kill as they say in the journalism profession———–? ————I am waiting for an answer–biko——-else i will dare to tell him that he was sponsored to malign the man————————-this is no journalism————————-its just one of those PHD syndrome—in 9ja–just tell us what TB Joshua asked u to do for me———————-period or just shut up

    • Emma Chuks

      @Redeem,you will live long.

    • toyin

      Bros Redeem! I’m sad to say that you are the problem with Nigeria. Nothing is explicit so nothing is wrong? I didn’t hear about the collapsed building until several days later because i was out of town without access to the Internet or news but when I did and scoured for news I was aghast and kept asking why the reports were about those rescued and praising TB Joshua and not about the number of people who died or the cause of the incident. Its shameful that over a 10 people/humans perished and such bribe-induced reporting was done. The journalists who collected the 50,000Naira are not better than those stealing our coffers dry. By the way, Nicholas Ibekwe does not sound like a ‘malam’ name. Nothing regional about the issue. What part of Nigeria is TB Joshua from anyway? Not that it matters very much in this case. All our government should be concerned about is for justice to be done…so much to say, but this should suffice for now.

    • Onike24

      But you use your keyboard day in day out to lie, so much so; that I think you are a pure fanatasist

  • dudu

    Nicholas, after reading this story, I’m short of words, but permit me to say, may God protect you, take you to greater heights for raising the bar in journalism. It is one of the most courageous acts that I have read about in recent times. May Premium Times always soar. I only don’t understand why they have to restrict themselves to the internet medium

  • Clem Baiye

    Mr Nicholas Ibekwe, thank you so much. May your labour not be in vain.

    • redeem

      sponsored rubbish–what did pastor or prophet Joshua ask him to do——kill the story–lie that the building was bombed by boko haram–what is this noise about for heavens sake–told us—make we hear

      • D1

        For heaven’s sake Redeem, would you stop all this shenanigans? Is it because your GEJ went visiting and felt ‘awed’ in the presence of the ‘mini god’ for the sake of 2015, that is your headache? Fashola did the same remember, and kept quiet about the whole thing afterwards, unlike if it is a poor and struggling Nigerian, they would have used the opportunity to seize his property and ascribe all kinds of crime on his head. This man has committed a crime (unapproved illegal structure, that has taken hundred of lives) and should be charged as such. The nation is in the eye of the whole WORLD, waiting for the next actions to be taken by the appropriate authorities. Disabuse my mind, if this hasn’t turned to politicking!

      • Akin (UK)

        Actually I do not expect somebody of your intellect capacity to decipher what TB Joshua was asking the reporters by “So what are you going to write?”

      • TJ

        Ordinary English sef, u cannot spoken!

      • josvinco

        @redeem. People like you would not accept the truth. Ibekwe has studied abroad. He knows what is it to be a good journalist. He is not like your dumb brothers who would sit at the presidential wing of MMIA airport waiting for idiots to distribute brown envelopes for them before they can write or kill a story.

  • Ahovi Francis Dansu

    Congratulation to my brother and childhood friend Nicholas Ibekwe. Those who criticizes you negatively on this issue are those who don’t know you. But those of us who are familiar with your integrity and character are not surprise at the kind of gut and sincerity you exhibit here. Thanks for upholding the ethics of your sacred calling.

  • wode

    It’s mind-boggling how some people find it reasonable and ethical to condemn the author of the article after presenting the story with fact. Irrespective number of people that stay either in the right or wrong, the right thing would continue to be right and the wrong would continue to be wrong until eternity. For the fact that the society is bedeviled with rampant and unbridled level of corruption does make it right. It would continue to be wrong.

    I think this guy deserves commendation and prayers for his courageous and bold ethical stance. Irrespective of the level of rot in the society, there would still be few exceptions that strive to uphold “righteousness”. Well done, man! I pray for God protection over you.

    It’s left to TB Joshua to realize that deception/falsehood has lifespan irrespective of how long it seem to be dwelling and selling. When its end comes, it totally consumes its subject. Though, it may be very difficult for TBJ to come to term with this reality.

    • Noble

      wode. you have spoken may Almighty Allah be with you and for the journalist please continue the good work, every deeds has its reward…..

      • wode

        Amin. May He be with you too. Thanks!

      • Oliver from Zambia

        God is great,no matter how long one can hide the truth will be revealed someday,i wud rather listen to a preacher who tells me to repent than to receive miracles in my sinful nature,salvation is mo important than miracles,our focus and main aim in this life is to look to the cross,following the footsteps of Jesus and doing his will,so that when He comes He wil find us ready to receive him.All wil stand judgement including tb joshua,therefo pipo shouldnt luk upto him but to Jesus.Have u noticed that magicians r reducing in numbers nowadays?where have they gone/they have evolved into current prophets.Is there salvation in predicting the death of a president or the team which will win?is there anywhere Jesus told someone that “you have a spell in yo family”or you have a spiritual husband?all the best to evryone searching for truth,God bless u.

  • Sola

    This was the reason Deji Bademosi left Channels!

  • eazy

    Mr ibekwe you the the best. its not every body that could have got the intelligence to sort things out even in their various home. regardless what faith the truth is always true. I wouldn’t know how you can really criticize without getting to the incident site. For any body that have negative taught ask the following questions may be they could get enlighten. 1- why the issue of giving money out to reporters after a great lose?. 2- why is he interested in what to be written in the news? 3- what are those content in news to be corrected? 4- why not talking about building the had gone for expansion out of approval? 5- who are those held in captive for some hours or probably interview any one of them?

  • Vera

    God will continue to bless you Nicholas and your family . It’s more people like u we need in Nigeria

  • Dennis Onakinor

    A Nigerian of a different breed, may God continue to help you trod on the side of truth and justice, irrespective of the prevailing circumstances. Indeed, your write-up is a sad commentary on the IRREVERSIBLE LEVEL OF CURRUPTION to which Nigeria has sunk.

  • Jakes

    I’m very proud of you Mr Nicholas Ibekwe. There is hope for the journalism profession and for Nigeria.

  • Nkosinathi Nhleko

    im shocked. Not by nic ibekwe’s revelations, but by the fact that there are still nigerians alive in 2014 willing to come out and speak the TRUTH. Nigeria is in the sorry state it is today cos TRUTH/HONESTY have been suffocated to death long, long ago and buried unceremoniously.
    Thank you so much Mr Ibekwe for standing up.
    As far as we here in South Africa are concerned, you are the African of the Year, 2014!

    • josvinco

      @Nkosinathi Nhleko. You have truly said it. He is the African man of the Year. He just exposed vast majority of Nigerian journalists mostly reporters, without a ” brown envelope” nothing.

  • Presly

    Saying it and making it public was the right thing to do Nick; but my concerns are numerous.
    1. You didn’t answer the question you raised yourself – Why did I not publish it the same day or immediately?
    2. At what point in the whole episode did you decide what became the right thing to do? Was this influenced by your disdain for the caliber of people who visited the man there afterwards or you felt it was just right?
    3. Why did you not speak out during the interaction?
    4. Did you actually collected and returned the money? Because you kept referring to those who collected and those who didn’t.
    5. A sober issue as the death of about 90 persons is really serious, yet from the recordings, your discussion was friendly suggesting that you had no regards for the death but just to get news item; why did you complain about this?
    6. Does it imply that if those situations that really angst you did not play itself out, you wouldn’t have brought Big Bell for the Cat?

    Just my thoughts which i think you could help me clarify – no motive, no murder

    • redeem

      Thanks for the above question that u raised—he will never- never never be able to answer them till death do us part———————that Nick guy is mean——————–evil minded——to a fault—————-The issue is — how did the question TB Joshua asked him– turn out to be a case of an attempt to bribe him-here is it again—(How are u going to write the story period)—methinks the guy just started reporting some few months ago————————he is disgrace to the journalism profession and should be sanctioned by the ethics committee of the NUJ————————he was very unprofessional in his attack against the TB Joshua—I am not a member of his church but professionally speaking that man Nick—— is a shame to the school of journalism that he graduated from————————–nonsense—-we have too many of them in sharia reporters ati punch among other media houses——-parading themselves as journalist–when they do not even understand the ethics of the profession—————see why them do not want to see deri aka redeem——ever point out their janjaweed faults——————so they keep on blacklisting me—————————————-left —-right——————- centre——————every reporter or journalist is told right from day one–never to tell any when a story will be published—————–2————-never to disclose how u intend to write yr articles or news item—————to any————-no matter the pressure————————–so what is this omolanke writer trying to sell to us here?

      • fems

        At Redeem, truth and Presley
        Sounding more and more like paid hacks or just super corrupt people who would not know a bribe if it hits them in the face.

        You would always know when people have the wrong values (Usually money induced)? When they try to justify the ridiculous

        They lie so much, they begin to believe their own lies. Such a pity

        • redeem

          TB Joshua does not know me from Adams————————————-me i hate liars like mad————————-and this guy happens to be one big wayo man————————

      • TJ

        I am 100% sure that u r one the journalists dt received the bribe that’s y u r so pained and taking it so personal against this Nick guy.

        • redeem

          this guy said he was given 50k——————-by TB joshua——————to do what he never told us–all he said was that–Joshua asked him to announce to the crowd—-how he was going to write his article period———————————-that was my annoyance against him—————————————-u hear these types of statements every day——————–so why should he use that to attack the man———————————-? Eve if u interview Obama today he will say the same thing

          • chukwudi

            hello ibekwe i question your original motive in airing this audio. A man gives you bribe in broad day light with your fellow reporters you did not turn him down you never even questioned his motive in giving you the money at that time. Only for you to go home and resurrect your conscience to do the right thing. Ibekwe am sure some body some where is paying you for this story. clearly you took this audio home to barging with another party and the result is this story you are airing. And to the other party that is paying Ibekwe for this story one day ibekwe will also air yours…we will be waiting.

    • fems

      Presley,
      Read his story well and you will see the answers you seek. Your supposedly intelligent questions indicate you are subtly trying to discredit the story.

      Was a bribe offered, listen to the audio

      Why did he speak out, irritation at how the top government officials conducted them self and how other journalist played down the story

      Did he collect the bribe, he had in an earlier report said he did not. If he is lying and did let TO Joshua bring proof that he did

      On the death of 90 people, is it better in respect of those who died to hide the truth whilst giving out ridiculous stories of aircrafts collapsing a building by flying over it or to speak out like he did

      • Hospitality and generosity shouldn’t be restrained in Nigeria but the
        community and beneficiaries must be taught NEVER TO KEEP QUIET WHEN ALARM NEEDS TO BE SOUND AGAINST THEIR MAN.

        Concerning the audio record presented by Nicholas Ibekwe, consider this analysis by Uzoma, i think it’s a fair and IMPORTANT aspect in analyzing that audio record.

        … So, to that extent the 50k naira MAY BE considered some kind of
        inducement. Yet this is not why I was scandalized by the audio. The real
        scandal comes from the very chatty atmosphere of what went on. Both
        T.B. Joshua and the journalists (Mr. Ibekwe probably included) seemed to joke and laugh (and probably backslap each other) as if they were at a party where a politician was declaring his intention to run for office
        or at a press conference by the Super Eagles manager after a
        well-deserved victory by his team. That, to me, is clearly insensitive
        considering that, by the last count, more than one hundred people lost
        their lives in the building collapse. …

  • Truth

    My bros, this looks like cheap publicity, u kept this story for some days before releasing it. I smell a rat here. Its had for me to doubt the story going round that somebody influenced (brown envelop again) you to write it. After listening to the audio, I DIDN’T see anything like bribe in it. The truth about life is that you have ended up promoting TB Joshua instead of killing him. Most of us that is not well read like you people can still see the righteousness of the pharisee in your iwrite up. After watching the video clips of what happened in the church, I asked my architect friend what he makes of it and he said it seems that the building came down like a CONTROLLED DEMOLITION.We are not even talking about that. What matters to you is how you can nail TB Joshua, Somebody lost his church members, his properties and is grieving and your own interest is feeding us with a pharisee holier than thou story of bribery.

    • redeem

      Thanks—————brother me

    • TJ

      Grieving indeed, yet he prevented NEMA from gaining access to the building for almost 3days! If one of ur family members was involved in the tragedy, ur utterances would be different. What did he mean by the statement “So what are you going to write now?” Please spare us, u these SCOAN fanatics! God will surely judge the wicked intents of everyone’s heart no matter how much u hide it, be it the best philanthropist or not!

      • redeem

        None is an SCOAN fanatic here————————the writer is fake————-a 419ner—-at best–a disgrace to the profession and the agency that hired him–all we ask him to do is to tell what the 50k was meant for–period–was it for to say NEMA OFFICIALS WERE STOPPED FROM DOING THEIR JOB OR WHAT?

        • TJ

          It seems u know d journalist personally to know that he’s fake, otherwise, u’ll av to prove how u came to know dt he’s fake and a 419er. I do not know either of u, but any sensible person would know dt d guy has spoken/written well, anyone dt contradicts ds write up is not a true Nigerian! Even if he was offered a bribe and he later came to his senses dt d blood of d dead is weightier than d money and therefore returned it and decided to publish this write-up, then he’s worth celebrating becos we are all humans. U don’t have a point, pls!

          • redeem

            let him tell us what the money was meant for—–what TB Joshua asked him to do—period———————-

    • Real Truth

      So I take it u want us to seriously explore the boko haram/ufo attack spaceship theory, because of your architect friend? Please hold the line…

  • redeem

    Here is what a SA—-journalist wrote—-(Let me elaborate at this point that I have undertaken a ‘spiritual pilgrimage’ to The SCOAN on one occasion back in June 2013, a decision I certainly don’t regret despite my initial cynicism. The visit, albeit unusual, was spiritually enriching and I can attest to the constructive changes my life has seen since.

    Before going further, please drop the stereotypical connotation that I am one of those ‘T.B. Joshua fanatics’ who offer ill-conceived rebuttals toward the slightest hint of criticism against ‘my pastor’. I am not here to ascribe undue praise to any man or adopt the ‘sheepish mentality’ that has sadly led many would-be Christians today into elevating their pastors to an unhealthy ‘godlike’ status. However, putting my personal convictions aside, the reports being circulated by our media do not accurately reflect the ministry of Pastor T.B. Joshua.

    Let me cite just a couple of examples. Painting the picture of a ‘flamboyant millionaire’ who is ‘milking the masses’, multiple reports highlight Joshua’s alleged wealth, citing a Forbes article which stated he is the third richest pastor in Nigeria. How many media houses, however, reported his immediate denunciation of this report, requesting his name to be removed from the rich list? “There is not enough to keep for tomorrow. As it comes, we give it for the needy,” he said in response.

    On that note, have any media house highlighted Joshua’s extensive humanitarian endeavours? The same Forbes article being quoted calls Joshua Nigeria’s most philanthropic pastor, claiming he has given “over $20 million to causes in education, healthcare and rehabilitation programs” – a fact our journalists ‘conveniently’ left out in their write-ups. Indeed, I have never once heard T.B. Joshua campaigning for money or scrolling bank details across Emmanuel TV in the name of ‘fund-raising’, a nauseating practice that distanced me from most of his evangelical counterparts.

    • redeem

      Another popular article which was widely read stating this incident was the fourth building to have collapsed at SCOAN is nothing but malicious misrepresentation. A look at Joshua’s intriguing documentary, ‘This Is My Story’ reveals the said ‘buildings’ were barely formed structures that were destroyed by the elements over 15 years ago when his ministry was at a very primitive stage. The mention of such on The SCOAN website serves as an encouragement for people to never give up despite the ‘storms of life’. Comparisons with the tragic incident last Friday are cruelly misplaced, probably to create an impression of insecurity or lack of safety.

      The media are repeatedly referring to an incident that happened over a decade ago when Springbok rugby player Wim Basson sadly perished even after visiting SCOAN. Yes, that’s true but what about those who have received healing through T.B. Joshua’s prayers? Why is it that such positive aspects of Joshua’s ministry have been surreptitiously excluded in the majority of news?

      After all, what drives the faithful droves to take the long journey to SCOAN week-in week-out, ignoring the threats of ‘Boko Haram’ and Ebola, if not for their firmly held convictions? Are the media insinuating that these thousands of South African pilgrims are mentally incapacitated or under some cryptic delusion? Also, how many of those making judgmental statements behind the comfort of their computer screens have met the man, heard him speak or partaken in one of his services? I have.

      • Fatimah

        You are blessed, God bless you more

  • Thandi

    If only Nigeria could have more and more of people like Nicholas Ibekwe, then it gives hope that that country can be turned around from the negative stereotype that the world holds of it, where the world generally believes that nothing good can come out of Nigerian!! May the Lord who is true above all false self-acclaimed ‘lords’ protect you and use you and many other Nigerians of your kind as instruments of transformation for that nation and indeed many other like nations in Africa! Its people like Nicholas who hold the only last hope for this beautiful continent!! God bless you immensely!! You are in our prayers as the agents of satan persecute you!! But you will emerge the victorious one!!!

    • redeem

      I BEGI-MAKE WE HEAR BETTER WORD

    • Bisi Lasisi

      Ibekwe is not sincere. He held the clips for some other motives. Ibekwe is a blackmailer. T.B can’t bribe forken anybody cos your write up is only good for dust bin. If he wanted to bribe journalist he won’t do so while many of you were there. He will only need an arrow head he can trust and will make sure no record.

      • Fatimah

        You are right, it’s my first time to hear that bribing was recorded, it’s a secret

  • Thandi

    Keep up the good job of honest and ethical reporting Premium Times!!!

  • kunle john

    Nice 1

  • Chuck

    Wonderful, honest, and refreshing reporting.

    • redeem

      THAT GUY IS A ROGUE———————–WHAT WAS HE ASKED TO DO—-KILL THE STORY—WHAT—————————————-LET HIM TELL US—THE TRUTH–AND SHAME THE DEVIL———————–

  • martn

    the MAN OF GOD was just seeking for sympathy just as any human being could when in such a situation. That to me is not a BRIBE. Even when you are in the ‘truth-side’ of an issue in debate, as a human being you don’t want people to tint you like so.

    • George

      Hear this callous Igbo man; he said===I would still have gone public with this if the Pope was involved.

      If don’t you used Allah or Mohammed and Satan of Sokoto instead of Pope.

      Igbos are always undertakers WHY

    • josvinco

      @martn . What is a bribe ? Some of you guys are not better than boko haram sympathizers. A charlatan , you call a man of god……

    • If TBJ was seeking for the Journalists to be sympathetic, then it’s a bribe.

      If he simply gave out of generosity and hospitality, then it MAY Not be a bribe.

  • Thandi

    @redeem: You seem to be trying too hard!! Why so on the defensive! The truth hurts heh!!! But anyway God Almighty is always the final Judge!!! Lets watch this space!!

  • Abdulaziz Umoru

    u all will get de truth soon or later.
    TB JOSHUA is Reel.

    • Most Nigerian Pastors (including Adeboye) are into Christian-Occultism not only TBJ

      I encourage you to read my article “Beware of Christian Occultism”

      The time is coming when deceitful Pastors will actually be doing real supernatural things (not fake). The Scriptures already forewarned, so that anyone who truly wants the true-Christ must stay-away from Preachers WHOSE TEACHINGS ARE NOT EXACTLY SCRIPTURAL, no matter what real signs and wonders they perform. For example, read the following online right now: 2Thessalonians 2:9-12, Matthew 24:24-26, Deuteronomy 13:1-11, 1John 4:1

      Isaiah 8:20 “… If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because there’s no light in them.”

  • Shavel

    some idiots will start coming out recommending Nicholas Ibekwe for 2015 general elections …..LOL

  • Victor

    Dear Mr. Ibekwe,

    You may only have read about the history of journalism practice in Nigeria. Even if you have, I bet your knowledge stops at the chronological details and the big personalities such as Herbert Macaulay. Dr. Azikiwe, Late Alhaji Alade Odunewu, Alhaji Babatunde Jose and Alhaji Jakande to mention just a few of the doyens.

    The truth is that journalism practice in Nigeria has been historically infested by charlatans and many who could not make a decent career elsewhere, more especially, those who had travelled to England to read Law, medicine and accountancy in the 1960s and 1970s but fell by the way side. It was for the reasons of poor professional standards and unethical practices that late Alhaji Babatunde Jose of the defunct Daily Times began to recruit young Nigerian graduates of English Language and Mass Communication into his company. I clearly remember the likes of Gbolabo Ogunsanwo and Doyin Abiola, wife to late MKO.

    As a 19 year-old reporter fresh from A level school and working for the old Nigeria Television Service (NTS) in 1971/1972, I took very serious exception to the distribution of the proverbial ‘brown’ envelopes at the end of an oil industry dinner party presided over by the same Muhammadu Buhari, the then Commissioner for Petroleum. Alex Akinyele, a former Public Relations Officer for Nigeria Customs was the go-between who gave out the ‘brown’ envelopes on that occasion. Doubtless that he had already pocketed some thousands of Naira before sharing out the rest of the booty to the reporters in attendance.

    I had kicked against the corrupt practice then because I felt the political and social elites of that era treated reporters with disdain. Having been raised by God-fearing middle class parents, my stomach churned at the manner in which these crumbs from the master’s table called ‘brown envelopes’ were handed out to fellow journalists whom I felt could have kept their chins up notwithstanding the paltry wages they got from their publishers.

    • Bisi Lasisi

      This is not investigative journalism. you cant ride on T.B Joshua for cheap popularity. Certainly you are not more intelligent than millions who got spiritual consolation in T.B Joshua’s church. Cause of building collapse not determined at site of collapse by journalists. It is down by experts not rescuers. why not await result before passing judgement. T.B Joshua didn’t give you bride. The high level of corruption has tainted our perception to misconstrue all good intentions.The myopic and political polarization of journalism in Nigeria makes every journalist a suspect, hence the need to want to know what you will report. This is necessary for you to have all your questions answered. You are just one of the hundreds of journalist that have visited the site.

      • Sciencewatch

        Most comments here clearly there hatred for The Holy Scoan Church. You jealously say that you are disappointed because the world renowned theologian professor Willem Ouweneel had no problems with the miracles at The Holy Scoan Churh, Nigeria. Have you not read what the Professor had to say about his own healing and his daughters healing at the Scoan ?

        Professor Willem Ouweneel came to examine the Scoan more than once and stayed there for two weeks.

        He and his team left healed and with a new respect for the true works of God seen at the Scoan.

    • Bisi Lasisi

      Ibekwe
      The 50k certainly couldn’t be a bribe. Are you telling me
      each of you guys are not worth more than that.To offer bribe for what
      that the building did not collapse or what? Do you think you are they
      only set of journalists covering the place? How many journalist will T.B
      need to bribe? Are you aware foreign journalists too have gone there to
      cover.? Ibekwe you cant ride on this incidence for cheap popularity.
      journalism has existed before you and out leave you. Because our psychic
      is infested with corruption do not mean every good intention should he
      seen with tincted eyes. If T.B bribe the Nigerian journalist will he
      also bribe the foreign journalist. Look if you have an axe to grand with
      T.B Joshua look for another opportunity not in this circumstance. The
      manner of media report is given the country bad image just because you
      want to sell your news thus making some South Africans deciding to go to
      court base on negative media . For your information some of those who
      were rescued refused to go back to South Africa even their government
      came with plane to evacuate them. They preferred to remain behind at the
      Church. The caption of your write up shows you have other grudge with
      T.B. it is a common knowledge that journalists in Nigeria always ask
      for their brown envelope even when they come to cover events
      irrespective of whatever platform. Look T.B Joshua is also a good keeper
      of records and he knows you guys would record his discussion with him.
      As a volunteer worker at rescue site, we were all given food, water and
      drinks free throughout the period.All the rescuers both governments,red
      cross and foreign contractor (Chinese earth moving equipment workers) at
      the site were given food, water and drink free for 7-8 days of rescue
      operations. Do you call that bribe? its our culture and tradition to do
      so. Any one who gives freely wouldn’t want any service for free. That is
      the like of T.B Joshua. Even you Ibekwe, if you are in the position T.B
      would do so. Nigerians high and low knows journalists are like police,
      you have to pay for every thing even when you are right.
      Back to
      issue of drawings and designs, because of the manner you journalists are
      handling this matter it is making it more difficult for proper
      investigation.Your penchant to make head lines has beclouded good
      judgement of journalism reportage.
      1.Have you gone to FAAN or NCAA for inquiry on the said Jet?
      2.Did you ask the neighborhood of the claims of the Jet
      Do not forget two or more days earlier the army reported its ALPHA Jet was missing.?
      That
      you choose to rubbish these facts about the Jet is liken to the sinaro
      of missing chibok girls. some were even asking how can 200 girls be
      missing. where they convey in pick ups or luxurious buses?
      Our lazy
      attitude to intellectual inquisitiveness often stalled our in inherent
      capacity to discovery. Rather than down play the claim it should ginger
      expert to find out what is the effect of Jet hovering above buildings?
      Is there any means of demolishing structures with out use of
      conventional explosives? Why is it the day the building collapse that
      the Jet went to the T.B Joshua mountain some couple of miles away and
      later same Jet at the church.
      The media should wait for all agencies
      working to unravel the immediate and remote cause of collapse before
      swaying opinion to a field which they have no knowledge.
      The faulty
      and incoherent media reportage on the collapse building is likely to
      cause more harm than good, The reporters should await report of
      statutory bodies set up to do thorough investigation and not the type
      collected at site of incidence.

  • Bisi Lasisi

    Ibekwe
    The 50k certainly couldn’t be a bribe. Are you telling me each of you guys are not worth more than that. it is a common knowledge that journalists in Nigeria always ask for their brown envelope even when they come to cover events irrespective of whatever platform. Look T.B Joshua is also a good keeper of records and he knows you guys would record his discussion with him. As a volunteer worker at rescue site, we were all given food, water and drinks free throughout the period.All the rescuers both governments,red cross and foreign contractor (Chinese earth moving equipment workers) at the site were given food, water and drink free for 7-8 days of rescue operations. Do you call that bribe? its our culture and tradition to do so. Any one who gives freely wouldn’t want any service for free. That is the like of T.B Joshua. Even you Ibekwe, if you are in the position T.B would do so. Nigerians high and low knows journalists are like police, you have to pay for every thing even when you are right.
    Back to issue of drawings and designs, because of the manner you journalists are handling this matter it is making it more difficult for proper investigation.Your penchant to make head lines has beclouded good judgement of journalism reportage.
    1.Have you gone to FAAN or NCAA for inquiry on the said Jet?
    2.Did you ask the neighborhood of the claims of the Jet
    Do not forget two or more days earlier the army reported its ALPHA Jet was missing.?
    That you choose to rubbish these facts about the Jet is liken to the sinaro of missing chibok girls. some were even asking how can 200 girls be missing. where they convey in pick ups or luxurious buses?
    Our lazy attitude to intellectual inquisitiveness often stalled our in inherent capacity to discovery. Rather than down play the claim it should ginger expert to find out what is the effect of Jet hovering above buildings? Is there any means of demolishing structures with out use of conventional explosives? Why is it the day the building collapse that the Jet went to the T.B Joshua mountain some couple of miles away and later same Jet at the church.
    The media should wait for all agencies working to unravel the immediate and remote cause of collapse before swaying opinion to a field which they have no knowledge.
    The faulty and incoherent media reportage on the collapse building is likely to cause more harm than good, The reporters should await report of statutory bodies set up to do thorough investigation and not the type collected at site of incidence.

    • Most Nigerian Pastors (including Adeboye) are into Christian-Occultism not only TBJ

      I encourage you to read my article “Beware of Christian Occultism”.

      The time is coming when deceitful Pastors will actually be doing real
      supernatural things (not fake). The Scriptures already forewarned, so that anyone who truly wants the true-Christ must stay-away from Preachers WHOSE TEACHINGS ARE NOT EXACTLY SCRIPTURAL, no matter what real signs and wonders they perform. For example, read the following online right now: 2Thessalonians 2:9-12, Matthew 24:24-26, Deuteronomy 13:1-11, 1John 4:1

      Isaiah 8:20 “… If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because there’s no light in them.”

      • Bisi Lasisi

        Just the same way you and Ibekwe .Both of you should be sent to sambisa forest or kodonga or Bama, or birni yadi to preach your gosple

        • It seems you haven’t come-across this post of mine:

          Hospitality and generosity shouldn’t be restrained in Nigeria but the community and beneficiaries
          must be taught NEVER TO KEEP QUIET WHEN ALARM NEEDS TO BE SOUND AGAINST THEIR MAN.

          Concerning the audio record presented by Nicholas Ibekwe, consider this analysis
          by Uzoma, i think it’s a fair and IMPORTANT aspect in analyzing that audio record:

          … So, to that extent the 50k naira MAY BE considered some kind of inducement.
          Yet this is not why I was scandalized by the audio. The real scandal comes from the very chatty
          atmosphere of what went on. Both T.B. Joshua and the journalists (Mr. Ibekwe probably included) seemed to
          joke and laugh (and probably backslap each other) as if they were at a party where a politician was
          declaring his intention to run for office or at a press conference by the Super Eagles manager after a
          well-deserved victory by his team. That, to me, is clearly insensitive considering that, by the last count,
          more than one hundred people lost their lives in the building collapse. …

          • Bisi Lasisi

            Grace Truth. I repeat the 50k can’t be an inducement. Inducement for what? That: the building did not collapse? or over 100 persons didn’t die? or Ibekwe is related to all dead persons and would be in position to ask them to forgive and forget? or Ibekwe is the only journalist that visited the site? or what? I can’t understand. I do not know the age of Ibekwe or your good self, perhaps this is a factor to understand the manner you view things of this nature. Experience is necessary to understand the circumstance on ground. I say over and over again 50k can’t be inducement to cover story of over 100 people that died. If T.B J wanted to induce he will hire a consultant amongst you media men to do that or he may use a member of the church with considerable influence to do so. Ibekwe ‘s submission is an attempt at blackmail which can never work.
            You recalled I asked you a question whether you have ever go to Synagogue to know the guy you are writing about? When T.B Joshua was chatting with them he was reading their minds. He knew what the media can do. He had received several unsubstantiated campaign of calumny by the media. I will not be surprise if T.B J also has record of proceeding on that day including video clips because he is good at record keeping. He new that Ibekwe and co wouldn’t write anything to his credit, he also knew that with the collapse those looking for his crucifixion would like to take advantage of the situation. So Ibekwe etal are only acting a script which perhaps predates their birth. Anything close to Jesus receive attack because the kingdom of satan is continually looking for away to win more converts.
            A Man of God is suppose to sober in a thing like this but their kind of sobriety isn’t going to be like those of us in the world. His mourning would be instantaneously continuous and it is when people come around him like the atmosphere created by the journalists that he gets opportunity to defray the induced stress. The way and manner journalists swam around jostling to position themselves and the noisy manner it is done provides veritable ground to break any sobre mood. Mark you the journalists didn’t go on condolence or commiseration visit. Consequently the mood of the situation was what was captured. Should T.B J send away all the journalist without allowing them such opportunity that would provide substrate on which to feed. Men of God should live through to their preachings i.e give thanks in all situations.
            T.B Joshua is not God and he never claimed to be one.His preachings so clear look on to Jesus and don’t look up to man; your pastor, bishop, father, mother, etc. That in any situation you find your self God is aware like the case of Job.
            I will advice any Christian who find him self in the media to develop good time with Holy Spirit in other to unravel mysteries inherent in investigative journalism.

    • Tayewo

      Bisi, what does the fact that some refused to return to South Africa prove? It seems you are yet to read the confession of some of the ex-member who exposed how they were made to drink some kind of water and since then, they forgot about their family and relatives and decided to be working for the church. If you are member or a paid journalist, I pray God Almighty will open you eye to the truth one day.

      • Bisi Lasisi

        Tayewo, have you ever visited the Synagogue? If you haven’t then your position is governed by hearsay and unsubstantiated facts. The society we live is already beclouded in judgement and this is attributable to fact that an average Nigerian was originally a pagan before advent of Christianity and Islam. Therefore it is common in our society for people to associate extra ordinary success to some form of occultism. In the early 70s a man on our street where we lived built a 3-bedroom flat well laid out and painted. The house stood out on the entire street, well painted and cut out. My parents warned all their children not to go close to the house because the man source of money wasn’t known. To my surprise, i discovered my friends too where told the same thing by their parents. So for several years virtually everybody on the street refused to have anything to do with this man until one day. on this day a boy on the street was knocked down by a hit a run vehicle and since no one on the street had a vehicle the stigmatized man had to come to their rescue by offering to convey the boy to nearest private hospital which was quite some distance away. This incidence open up the world of this rich guy and not too long every one realized the man wasn’t what he was taught to be. Not too long ago a sales girl of my wife stole her money and when she was ac ousted by some one who knew the good relationship my wife had with her, she pitiably responded ”help me thank God they didn’t use me for rituals’.Both myself and wife do not have anything we hold on aside fro God. So when a member of a congregation make claims it shouldn’t be taken on face value except investigated.
        Back to issue on ground, I am not a journalist neither have been hired by T.B Joshua. I know this part of the world our mind is fraught with jealousy and bring down syndrome because every thing is seen as competition. The fact that we cant decipher what T.B Joshua started years ago that looked strange to us and which is now being done in most churches is purely a fufilment of the scriptures. Jesus promised to send a comforter which is the Holy Spirit. That me and you didnt develop our relationship with Holy spirit does not make fake or untrue. Without meditation there can not be revelation. All great scientists that made ground breaking discoveries knew this simple principle of relating with nature and consequently God. That me, you and Ibekwe are en grouse with looking for means of livelihood and money to pay bills with little time for meditation does not void existence of the Holy Spirit.
        An an engineer I work with facts and good analytical mind. I don’t play to gallery like most Nigeria journalist do, I do not work with ”dem say” i tried to work with available facts.
        The building collapsed on Friday about 12 noon 12 September, 2014 by Sunday morning all media houses and Ibekwe’s premium times where reporting that the church members didn’t allow rescuers to go in to do their works. For goodness sake Sunday was just the second day. A day is 24 hours to now put it at 3-days is fraught with bias.

        The claim of hostility to some media houses was perhaps due to experience of the church on the negative manner the media had handled thing relating to the church without adequate research and investigation.
        As an engineer I do know that you can bring down a high rise building without use of bulldozer or common explosives. My disagreement with Ibekwe etal is using T.B Joshua to sell their media.Too much amateurish noise that stems to draw conclusion before investigation is concluded. when 9/11 happened despite government claim that the WTC was struck by al-qaeda some school of taught disagreed and went ahead to prove their position. The manner the Nigeria media is reporting shows gross bias against T.B Joshua.
        For your information President Umoru Musa Yaradua gave this man OFR, several other international organizations including UN have honored and acknowledge the contribution of T.B Joshua to humanity. The question is what has Ibekwe, you and my good self done to better humanity.
        Intellectual inquisitiveness is completely gone with attendant loss value cutting across all profession in Nigeria.
        Ibekwe move of not posting the recording at the same time his write up was done is tantamount intention to blackmail. He aught to have posted the claimed clips at the same time.

        1.My advise is for Ibekwe etal to always research before publishing. if they feel the plane/ aircraft cant pull down a building i put it to them it can. IED can be imploded over a distance of 50km with or without interference.
        2. stop playing to the gallery and let those with capacity to unravel the cause of the collapse do their work.
        3.NEMA, LSEMA , Red Cross and NGO cant unravel the cause of collapse because they are not empower and limited in knowledge to do so
        Controlled demolition is a common thing developed nations for any one to down play the claim of the church as to mission of the said aircraft is to rest in intellectual abysmal

  • Mariam Adamu

    Ibekwe you are probably upset you were offered only 50k and not more. Is the sum of 50k anywhere near sufficient to kill such a story? You are in the news room Ibekwe and you know how much changes hands when stories are to be killed. Or you saying that as a journalist you have never received brown envelop or kwa as you guys refer to it; or refusing it this time from TB Joshua exoneration for the other times that you have received?

  • Bisi Lasisi

    Ibekwe this is my position:

    I have said it on Prime Time Discuss that for any body to limit the
    cause of collapse of the building to foundation failure without
    addressing the mission of the aircraft at the premises amount
    intellectual laziness. Both Government and Nigeria media have been
    emotional in some ways in the manner they responded to the tragedy.

    The government official who spoke on channels and other media houses
    has concluded that the building collapsed as a result of structural
    defects even when no professional evaluation has been done, as for me
    that wasn’t good enough. A rescuer can not do the work of professional

    He made two contradictory statements in a spate of 24 hours. He
    initially said the building was originally two story converted to four
    storey. The same person later on another TV interview said the building
    was originally 4 storey converted to six storey which of this statement
    do we believe.

    The government is laying too much emphasis on design and approval and
    no body is seem to be saying anything about the unusual presence of the
    plane. Even the Nigeria media down played the abnormal and suspicious
    maneuver of the aircraft. All they were after is crucify T.B without
    waiting for out come of the investigation.

    The size of the columns and beams I was at the Church can hold even
    an 8 storey building. Possibly some over design just to make sure it was
    adequate to with stand likely induced stress. off course over design
    has it problems too.

    The Nigeria press rather than conduct investigative journalism
    continued to pour the venom s on T.B J as the have always done.
    Pertinent questions needs to be answered by NCAA and other agencies
    saddled with air traffic management. Salient questions needs answers; a)
    Did the aircraft land at the airport? b). what was its mission? c)what
    did the people in the neighborhood say about seen the Aircraft? d) What
    is the eye with account both at the mountain which is some ten
    kilometers away and at the Church.

    Those who gave account of the Aircraft said it was a Jet, not a
    commercial plane, it was moving slowly, at low noise, flew and
    maneuvered above the building frontally across to the back as seen from
    clips to side of building where no one would see any dropping. The four
    times maneuver was possibly to ascertain a good location to drop any
    device. The ground columns at the back were systematically knocked off
    by what could possibly be explosives owning to enormous dust which could
    also be from nano destructive effect. when you knock off about 15% of
    columns in a building the building could be subjected to sudden failure
    as seen on the clips.The manner
    the entire floor slabs collapsed together is not possible in a building
    that was originally 2 or 4 storey and later changed to 6 as claimed by
    the government. We expect some of the columns to stand and retain the
    floor slabs. In the synagogue case only two possibilities

    sudden failure due to over design

    or 2. controlled demolition by improvised means

    The kind of maneuver and presence of aircraft seriously suggest the aircraft dropped something.

    It is also important for us to know that a device can be triggered even
    at a distance of 100km away irrespective of interference.

  • You say: “millions of Christians worship at SCOAN and the Redeemed Christian Church of God”.

    According to the New Testament, true-Christians don’t go to a place to worship;
    true-Christians don’t worship at any place because worship is in SPIRIT and truth.

    You say: “God said, do not judge, judgement is mine”

    Please tell us what Scripture that is? (chapter and verse)

    1Corinthians 14:29 “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others JUDGE.”

    John 7:24, Jesus said: “Do not judge according to appearance, but JUDGE with RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT.”

    • Bisi Lasisi

      Please do not let us loose focus on substance of our discuss. i got pissed up when you raise question as to who was his mentor? who tutored him? My reference to millions coming to fellowship was to prop up your sense of judgement. The main point of my taking you up is that God does not need your input to use you, no mentor, no theology school. The holy Spirit the greatest mentor and teacher can choose any body to teach and mentor. There two types of Judgement; Holy Spirit lead and Physical. So when you read the bible you cannot interpret in the Physical you must meditate over and over again and again to decipher the contextual interpretation. I am not preacher neither I am a pastor.I will send you my reference in due course.

  • me

    I’ve gone through some comments, gratification, hospitality is part of our culture infact it’s good to give but you don’t take @ every situation. In this situation, an existing building (either 2 or 4 flrs) is being increased with additional flrs and during this process there’s a collapse of the building, lives are lost. Some journalists visited the scene for the purpose of writing report so tell me what was good /happy about the scene that had made them collect money from the owner of the collapsed structure. Would they collect such hospitality if their spouses /children were among the victims? There is God. I don’t wish evil but we must be conscious that money also is evil& this money doesn’t pass this earth. It’s very important that a bldg going as high as the 6th must b approved cos of many reas evil& this money doesn’t pass this earth. It’s very important that a bldg evil& this money doesn’t pass this earth. It’s very important that a bldg evil& this money doesn’t pass this earth. It’s very important that a building reaching 6flrs must be approved, it must be thoroughly supervised by professionals so as to avoid collapse of buildings and loss of lives. I remember I once read in the newspaper that houses around the synagogue are being converted to hotels cos of the large number of people visiting the synagogue of all nations and landlords were greedily increasing house rents, am sure it’s the same attitude that has resulted to the conversion of a 2/4 flrs to 6flrs without consideration for the STRUCTURAL IMPLICATIONS.

  • Michelle

    Just watched your interview with Channels Policy Council… YOU ARE AMAZINGLY FEARLESS.Bless you for this expose. May the truth in this incident come out.
    I do believe you’ll inspire a new breed of investigative reporters. May God keep you.

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  • Kakis Emmanuel Esokpor

    I can fake a tape of anyone… You’re not genuine. Why not come up with a genuine video? You are only destroying your life by accusing a true man of God wrongly. I pity you

    • Sciencewatch

      It is very disappointing to see how easily so called “educated” people can be fooled by the lies they read. Proper education was meant to make the student strong enough to independently verify truth.

      It is very easy to see through the many lies about the Scoan church and their incredibly hard-working Prophet.

      The verifiable truth from the mouth of world renown Professor Willem Ouweneel can not be changed because satanists that own the scam website called ” tbjoshuawatch” want to destroy the blessed church called Scoan.

      Be careful, this Holy man has kindly warned that : ” Those ministers of God who go about condemning me rather than preaching the Gospel they are sent to preach, are doing themselves a great harm. The more they condemn me, the lesser their anointing become. Go round the country today and see what is happening. Those men of God who used to perform great signs and wonder have lost their anointing because of their blasphemies.”

      T. B. Joshua

  • Sciencewatch

    DON’T BE FOOLED BY FOOLS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your comments show clearly your hatred for The Holy Scoan Church. You jealously say that you are disappointed because the world renowned theologian professor Willem Ouweneel had no problems with the miracles at The Holy Scoan Churh, Nigeria. Have you not read what the Professor had to say about his own healing and his daughters healing at the Scoan ?

    Professor Willem Ouweneel came to examine the Scoan more than once and stayed there for two weeks.

    He and his team left healed and with a new respect for the true works of God seen at the Scoan.

    BEWARE !!!!!!!! DONT BE FOOLED BY FOOLS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sciencewatch

    Insulting this Holy Prophet cant work !! It is a fear based approach to verifiable truth.

    Thousands of Pastors of big churches world wide are panic stricken because the miraculous work done at The Holy Scoan Church, Nigeria cannot be done by them in their churches. These Pastors are afraid, very, very afraid of their future. They dont care for the future of their people, they dont care if their people dont get healed and delivered from thier suffering. These Pastors only want keep their sinful positions.

    The truth is finally out ! It is a sin for sick people to go into any church of JESUS CHRIST and go home the same.

    The Holy Gospels show clearly how Jesus taught his apprentice Pastors, the training was to demonstrate the true love of God to all the people of this evil world. The Pastors have falsely blamed the peoples lack of faith for their “dead” church to shift the blame. All this is false. It is written : “Jesus healed them all.” and the apprentice Pastors were train to heal them all. they did it all the time.

    In the Holy Scoan Church, people of many different religions and belief systems are healed completely and medically verified.

  • Sciencewatch

    Your comments show clearly your hatred for The Holy Scoan Church. You jealously say that you are disappointed because the world renowned theologian professor Willem Ouweneel had no problems with the miracles at The Holy Scoan Churh, Nigeria. Have you not read what the Professor had to say about his own healing and his daughters healing at the Scoan ?

    Professor Willem Ouweneel came to examine the Scoan more than once and stayed there for two weeks.

    He and his team left healed and with a new respect for the true works of God seen at the Scoan.

  • Sciencewatch

    It is very disappointing to see how easily so called “educated” people can be fooled by the lies they read. Proper education was meant to make the student strong enough to independently verify truth.

    It is very easy to see through the many lies about the Scoan church and their incredibly hard-working Prophet.

    The verifiable truth from the mouth of world renown Professor Willem Ouweneel can not be changed because satanists that own the scam website called ” tbjoshuawatch” want to destroy the blessed church called Scoan.

    Be careful, this Holy man has kindly warned that : ” Those ministers of God who go about condemning me rather than preaching the Gospel they are sent to preach, are doing themselves a great harm. The more they condemn me, the lesser their anointing become. Go round the country today and see what is happening. Those men of God who used to perform great signs and wonder have lost their anointing because of their blasphemies.”

    T. B. Joshua

  • olododo !

    Whatever is said about the prophet won’t change his position before God and the anointing of God upon him. We thank God for the lives of all those who got saved, healed and blessed through anointing of God on the Man of God. It’s a common knowledge that any good hospital would receive huge patronage. That millions troop to SCOAN for the fruits of the spirit is indication of the revered position of the church. No amount of name calling, intimidation, scandalization, campaign of culumny would bring down the church cos where God is provider he guides. The collapse of the building is known to God before it occurred, why it did, and how it happened. God allowed it to be for a purpose so let no man go about deciphering.