The Government UK, through the Charity Commission, has opened an inquiry into the activities of a Nigerian-owned church, SPAC Nation.
Reports shows that the church is run by a 39-year-old Pastor by name Tobi Adegboyega, a Nigerian, who took up residency in Britain in the year 2005.
A report from Evening Standard shows that, Adegboyega once shared a room with his cousin, Star Wars actor, John Boyega, after he moved to London from Nigeria.
The young minister of the Gospel is said to “work with young people who have been involved with gangs and street crime”.
The church is being examined over allegations that pastors were pressuring young members of the church to sell their own blood to raise funds, Mail on Sunday reported.
“The Charity Commission said it has opened an inquiry into SPAC Nation to probe financial and defense concern after claims emerged that pastors had encouraged members to take out loans in order to pay for the church’s lavish spending.
The commission has instructed the church to deposit all its money in the bank while the investigation lasts.
The dilemma allegedly started after the Huffington Post alleged in a report that some members of SPAC Nation had been taking teenagers to donate blood for medical trials in a practice known as “bleeding for seed” (there is no other name for this act, it is blood money).
The report alleged that parishioners were encouraged to raise £100,000 weekly; although HuffPost UK alleged that young church members claimed that some members go to donate blood and are paid up to £100 by medical trial companies.
“This money is then handed by the young people over to the church’s pastors,” HuffPost UK said.
The reports further alleged that while members were told to raise “the seed” through whatever means – including if they had to “beg, borrow or steal,” pastors in the church cruise around town in £150,000 Rolls-Royces and a Lamborghini with personalized number plates such as ‘Pastor R.R’ on a Rolls Royce allegedly owned by a pastor.
In a sequence of links on the SPAC Nation’s website, various media reports had earlier focused on the activities of the church and its lead pastor, Adegboyega.
On 1st February, 2018, BBC report had described SPAC Nation as “The church where drugs and knives are left at the altar;” while The Sunday Times of 11th August, 2018 sees it as a church that uses “‘Demonic’ drill rap used to spread the gospel.”