Pastor Oyakhilome threatens to sue media organisations reporting on divorce row with wife

Chris and Anita Oyakhilome when the going was good.

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.


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  • Figaro


    Thank you, Premium Times, for shinning the light on this tawdriness in a church.
    Nigerians must learn from this saga that the hood does not ever make the monk.
    Please could the great Premium Times journalists go one investigative step further?
    While the word ‘adultery’ is self-explanatory, the 2nd allegation against Pastor Chris
    needs particulars to be fully understood. That second allegation, according to his wife –
    Pastor Anita Oyakhilome – centres on certain ‘unreasonable behaviour’ by Pastor Chris.
    The public will only be better for it if Premium Times publishes those detailed particulars.
    If Pastor Chris’s ‘un-reasonable behaviour’ consists of moral outrages and perversions,
    the general public will be properly guided to ostracise him until the case in court is judged.

    • Most Nigerian Pastors (e.g., Adeboye) often lead their congregation in PRAYERS OF DEATH AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES.

      Such prayers are against the teachings of Christ, therefore those prayers are diabolic and are the fruits of their father the fake-Christ. “… by their fruits you will know them …” (Matthew 7:13-23).

      Luke 6:26-36 “… Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU, and pray for those who spitefully use you. … and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and
      evil. …”

    • obetiski

      Why do people beleive hookline and sinker what is written in the newspapers? They always do not tell the truth the way it is. They re fond of adding and removing things that they think will not appeal strongly to readers. Be wise, do not sin by your misjudgement occassioned by wrong and malicious journalism. Nobody has asked what if these allegations are not true? will you be able to swallow what you hv vomitted? Do not destroy your future by you comments. Pastor Chris is a Man of God.

  • ode

    1 Tim.3:1-7 clearly stipulates that it is not in the scriptural mould of a Pastor to leave apart from his wife and children for 16 years running! This, really, is the issue!! This is what he needs to address!! His wife is just reacting to neglect and apparent abandonment by her husband – fix that and he is largely”home and dry”!!! Women are created to be reactive – they are reactors. A woman reacts to the acts of her husband!!! Indeed true that many in that day will be shut out of heaven by God notwithstanding their pleas that they did mighty works in the name of Jesus!! (Lk.13:24-30.). He is advised to let someone else run the church for now while he embarks on a spiritual retreat to try and salvage what remains of his marriage and family than harassing the press who are paid to keep making sellable news out of the situation! The Bible is clear -” HUSBAND of one wife…” (1 Tim.3:1-7.) – this suggests that the home comes before ministry – very basic – elementary!!!!