The actor’s wedding was disrupted by his other wife.
Pandemonium broke out after the groom’s wife from his first marriage stormed the church as the marital union had gotten underway, forcing the church to cancel the ceremony.
“We regret the ugly series of events that followed this brash display. At the Overcomers Church, we do our due diligence to ensure a couple set to wed is right in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of God,” said the church in a statement signed by Chika Moses, the Media Representative.
“To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Akiyesi was unmarried. The Overcomers Church World Outreach regrets that the woman who disrupted the wedding chose such a time to do so.
“There is no ideal situation here, but it would have been right that she bring the case before church officials in a manner befitting a house of worship,” the church added.
Mr. Akiyesi’s wife, Lilian, pregnant and accompanied by friends, walked into the marriage ceremony immediately after the praise and worship session, as the minister was about to begin officiating.
It took the efforts of police officers to restore order within the church’s premises.
The church, in its statement, said that the intending couple would not be “legally joined together” until the matter is properly settled by lawful authorities.
N.E Moses, the church’s General Overseer, addressed the congregation after the incident, according to the statement.
“Bishop Moses prayed for the couple, Mr. Akiyesi and Ms. Agwu, but did not legally wed them – no documents were signed so as not to disobey the law…
“Our Bishop has urged us to take a lesson from this and be careful of the decisions we make in life, so the consequences don’t hurt us in the future.”
Mr. Akiyesi, a graduate of the University of Ibadan, has appeared in movies such as the God of Shiloh, an unofficial biography of David Oyedepo, the General Overseer of Living Faith Church Worldwide.
He has also starred in such Nollywood movies as Dumebi The Dirty Girl, alongside Mercy Johnson and Kenneth Okonkwo; Wave of Glory, alongside Ini Edo; and Mystery Beads with Jackie Appiah, amongst others.
In his facebook post after the incident, Mr. Akiyesi said that his earlier marriage to Lilian, which unconfirmed sources say has lasted for seven years, was “limiting and retrogressing him.”
“Every man has a right to take away that which will truncate his life. My marriage was one of the many things limiting and retrogressing me. If I find a better alternative I doubt why I won’t take it. So people should leave me alone (sic) pls.”
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