Chris Oyakhilome’s wife, Anita, files divorce suit in London
The marriage between the founder of Christ Embassy Church, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, and his wife, Rev. Anita Odegwa Oyakhilome, finally collapsed last night with Anita reportedly filing for divorce in a UK court.
Cable reports said the wife is seeking divorce on the grounds of “unreasonable behaviour” and “adultery”.
Anita was reportedly said to have levelled several allegations against pastor Oyakhilome.
The allegations are however being withheld because of their legal implications.
The divorce case, with Suit No FD14D01650, was filed on April 9, 2014 at Divorce Section A, Central Family Court, First Avenue House, High Holborn, London, UK.
It was filed on Anita’s behalf by Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors, a full-service law firm with expertise in commercial law and a strong consumer focus in family, wills and estate, personal injury law and medical negligence.
Efforts to reconcile the popular couple, whose church is one of the biggest denominations in Nigeria and has branches all over world, have failed. The couple have two teenage daughters, Sharon and Charlyn.
Oyakhilome is the president of Believers’ Love World Inc, the registered name of the Christian ministry, while his wife is the vice-president.
However an elder of the church, who spoke on condition of anonimity, has denied allegations of adultery on behalf of Pastor Chris.
The elder believes that Chris’ wife, Anita, is being influenced by those he labelled “bad friends” who are intent on destroying their home.
On the other hand, Anita is said to have been complaining of being relegated in the scheme of things in the church.
Sources said her husband has reportedly accused her of trying to usurp power and authority above her seniors in the ministry.
Sources reveal that the pastor had been making efforts to avoid divorce in the hope that the wife would eventually have a change of mind.
However, the decree nissi was served on the charismatic pastor in his hotel room during a recent visit to the UK.
Decree nissi, in legal terms, is likened to a yellow card in a football match which is a prelude to a red card (decree absolute) if no new evidence is provided to stall proceedings.
Church insiders said Oyakhilome had been hoping for rapprochement, but he was left with no option but to receive the papers when the lawyers cornered him at his hotel room in London.
It was said that the decree absolute, which will officially and effectively end the marriage, is expected to be issued soon while terms of the divorce will be worked out by the lawyers on both sides.
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