Popularly known as T.B Joshua, the Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations just treated himself to a new Gulfstream G550 private jet at the cost of 60 million US Dollars. By so doing, he has joined the league of popular Nigerian pastors who own private jets, with his being the most expensive of all.
According to reports from SaharaReporters, the jet was purchased using the Bank Of Utah trustee as the front for “Synagogue Church Of All Nations”. The jet, which has US registration number N131LK, was built in 2010. It was delivered to its first user in 2013 before making it to TB Joshua early this year. SaharaReporters learned that the jet made a voyage to Nigeria in December 2013, as the Bank of Utah was apparently pitching it to Pastor TB Joshua. The man of God reportedly asked to see it and bless it before finally taking delivery.
Report also has it that it could cost up to $3 million to maintain the jet annually, depending on how heavily it is used.
Sources at the church told SaharaReporters’ correspondents that Pastor Joshua claims the jet was paid for by at least eight African Heads of State in 2014. It was first kept in Israel before the tragic church collapse in September in which 116 persons, mostly South Africans, were killed.
However, the authenticity of this story became shaky as Pastor Joshua, denied owning a private jet when reached one on one by SaharaReporters. Instead, he said he frequently charters private jets because he travels extensively, noting, for instance, that he has an oncoming trip to Argentina. Ironically, this claim runs contrary to information from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), which claimed that N131LK is on record as belonging to Pastor TB Joshua through SCOAN.
What the Bank of Utah does is to help non-US citizens act as agents to purchase aircraft using US financing,” a source at NCAA told SaharaReporters.