Mr. Oyakhilome claimed there were distortion of facts in the widely reported divorce case but failed to provide what the correct facts are. Televangelist and President of Believers Love World (aka Christ Embassy), Chris Oyakhilome, is not happy about media reports concerning the divorce face-off with his wife, Anita and has threatened to sue media organisations reporting on the matter.
In a public notice advertorial, through his counsel, Kemi Pinheriro, Mr Oyakhilome denied the allegation as wicked, malicious and intended to bring his person and the Christ Embassy Church to public ridicule.
He further added that media reports of the divorce was a complete distortion of facts warning that he might be forced to take appropriate legal action to protect his reputation and that of his church.
On April 9, Mrs. Oyakhilome’s attorneys, Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors, filed a Suit No FD14D01650 at Divorce Section A, Central Family Court, First Avenue House, High Holborn, London, UK.
Mrs. Oyakhilome, who is Vice President of the ministry, accused her husband of “adultery” and “unreasonable behaviour.”
Pastor Chris, as church members affectionately call him, denied the accusation saying his wife is a bitter and angry woman and is being influenced by bad friends who are out to seek his downfall.
He also warned church members against analysing his problem with his wife adding that the church is not a political party.
Mrs. Oyakhilome’s profile on the church’s website has since being removed as the divorce battle intensifies.
Contrary to the wishes of church members, it appears that the wife is already poised for a life without Mr. Oyakhilome.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, through her lawyers, Mrs Oyakhilome said her relationship with Pastor Chris had terribly degenerated and that there is no chance for any reconciliation or out-of-court settlement.
“It is with great sadness that our client, Pastor Anita Oyakhilome, has come to the conclusion that her marriage to Pastor Christian Oyakhilome has irretrievably broken down and regrettably there is no hope of any reconciliation,” said Stephen Goddard, Business Development Manager of Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors.
Charity Commission Investigation
Away from his divorce troubles, the Charity Commission of England and Wales is currently investigating the church over suspicious huge transfers worth at least N941 million made to connected parties overseas between 2008 and 2012.
The commission has since appointed an Interim Manager to run the charity.
Subquently, the UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs, has withheld N711.4 million (£ 2.7 million) due to the church in donation between 2008 and 2012 until the conclusion is resolved.