The Voice of the Martyrs Statement on Nigeria Allegations
The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is aware of accusations that have been made against a former partner ministry, The Voice of the Christian Martyrs-Nigeria (VOCM-Nigeria), and that organizationís president, Rev. Isaac Newton-Wusu. VOM had already ceased supporting VOCM-Nigeriaís work when we became aware of these accusations, but even so, our leaders forwarded all relevant information to the FBI and sought legal counsel to learn if there was anything else we could do.
In June 2018, a Nigerian judge dismissed the charges against Rev. Newton-Wusu, citing that he “found no evidence against the accused.” You can read/watch reports from Nigerian media at Falcon Times (print/web) and TVC News (television).
VOM has had no relationship with VOCM-Nigeria since the summer of 2016. While both VOCM-Nigeria and VOM trace their lineage to the worldwide network of ministries founded decades ago by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, it is important to understand that VOM and VOCM-Nigeria are separate and completely autonomous organizations. Each organization has its own leaders and separate board of directors. VOM has never controlled VOCM-Nigeriaís operations or its hiring and management of staff. VOM was a donor that supported certain aspects of VOCM-Nigeriaís ministry, but as with other donors, VOM did not have administrative control or decision-making power.
Since severing our relationship with VOCM-Nigeria, VOM has continued to assist and support the families of martyrs and other persecuted Christians in northern Nigeria through staff and partners who meet VOMís high standards of accountability, transparency and quality of care. VOM will provide more than $2 million in care this year to widows, orphans and other Christians in northern Nigeria who have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram and other Muslim extremists.
At VOM, we want our donors to know that we have the strongest possible commitment to protecting children in our work and in the work of our partner ministries. VOM leaders consult regularly with leading child safety experts and law enforcement officials to evaluate the methodology of VOMís work in Nigeria and the other 67 countries where VOM currently serves persecuted Christians, and to advise VOM staff on child protection best practices. VOM leaders and field workers remain committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safety and protection of all children involved in VOM projects internationally.