Police opt to not investigate allegations against SPAC Nation

The Metropolitan Police has decided not to continue with its investigation into the controversial SPAC Nation, the “Church of Bling” which has been closely associated with the Conservative Party, particularly in Croydon.

SPAC founder Tobi Adeboyega: has faith in the police system

Yet according to a Croydon MP, former members of the church he has assisted in bringing forward their allegations have never been contacted by the Metropolitan Police as potential witnesses or to provide a statement.

“I just checked with five people I put in touch with the police after they raised allegations,” Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Croydon North, told Inside Croydon.

“Two have had no contact from police, while three were contacted but had no follow-up. What’s going on?”

The development – or non-development – has seen Reed arrange an urgent meeting with Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London and effectively London’s crime commissioner.

SPAC Nation was subject to a BBC Panorama investigation broadcast in December.

Reed has called SPAC Nation a cult and has compared the level of alleged abuse with that which occurred in Rotherham – again where the police were slow to instigate an investigation.

“Sadiq as the Mayor of London is also the police and crime commissioner for London, which means he’s in charge of the Metropolitan Police,” Reed said.

“So I will be seeking a full explanation of what is or is not going on in terms of investigating SPAC Nation given the scale and nature of allegations that we’re hearing from right across the capital.”

Reed managed to call an urgent debate in the House of Commons last month, where he criticised the police’s delay in investigating multiple allegations of fraud and serious abuse made by former members of the evangelical church.

Reed supported a dozen young people in submitting a dossier of evidence to the Met.

Reed making his speech in the House of Commons debate on SPAC Nation last month

“Allegations about this organisation have been circulating widely in the black community and on social media for up to four years, so why has police intelligence failed to pick anything up?” Reed said in his speech in the Commons.

“Why has police intelligence failed to recognise what is happening to potentially thousands of vulnerable young kids across this city?”

The church continues to be subject to two investigations by the Charity Commissioners watchdog, yet retains its charitable status in the meantime.

SPAC Nation maintains that the organisation has done nothing wrong, and that senior church leaders – pastors – who have recently quit the church amid the fraud allegations were acting without knowledge or approval of the church.

Tobi Adegboyega, the founder of SPAC Nation with a natty taste for designer clothes and sports cars, told the Huffington Post UK: “The police have spoken and I have confidence in the judiciary system and the law enforcement system of this country that they will do their jobs right and as a church we stand for what is right.

“If we find anyone doing anything wrong we would report them to the necessary authorities.”

HuffPost UK has also reported that a former SPAC member who has made allegations against the church yet who says that she has never been contacted by the police.

They quote Toye-Mary Sofidiya as saying, “Nothing has happened since I reported.

“I would have expected some sort of email, some sort of follow-up, some sort of questioning or getting in contact with those who have been accused, something at least.

“But it doesn’t really seem like anything has been done at all.”


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2 Responses to Police opt to not investigate allegations against SPAC Nation

  1. davidmogo says:

    So basically if you want to commit organised crime without fear of any reprimand, then do so in the guise of religion. A tried and tested formula that has worked throughout the decades – and still just as effective today. In 2020. In Croydon. Jesus Christ.

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  2. derekthrower says:

    So in the post truth era police investigations are completed without even bothering to interview witnesses. The Met are a notoriously craven institution in standing up against power. They had the evidence of phone hacking for a decade and were only pushed into prosecution due to the number of private prosecutions being undertaken utilising the evidence they had not even bothered to prosecute on. Now they are dealing with an organisation which has political links to the ruling party. Their members have connections to Downing Street and even appeared in photographs with the Conservative Leadership. Further they have long and deep connections with the Conservative candidate for London Mayor Shaun Bailey who will be in effect their boss if elected. As usual when faced with political power they shrink away from the doing the right thing of undertaking the full investigation against this abusive Sect which all the prima facie evidence indicates should be done. Another attempt at a cover up and lets hope the overwhelming evidence again shames then into action.

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