Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Organises Legal Team for Divorce Fight

Date: 07-09-2014 5:57 pm (7 years ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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Christ Embassy founder, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, is finally assembling a team of lawyers for the divorce case instituted by his wife, according to a new reports.
In April, his wife, Anita, had filed for divorce at Central Family Court, High Holborn, London, UK, on the grounds of “unreasonable behaviour” and “adultery” (inappropriate relationships with members of staff). The charismatic pastor strongly denies charges of adultery and has now resolved to engage the services of reputable family lawyers to launch his defence.

However, Reports was unable to ascertain the names of his would-be legal representatives, although they are expected to come from the UK since the wife also engaged the services of a British law firm, Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors. It is yet unclear the position to be taken by Oyakhilome on the case ─ either to stall the divorce or to stop the wife from getting hefty alimony.

“The pastor is sending mixed messages all the time. We honestly don’t know his mind yet,” a pastor with the church told reporters in Lagos, citing instances of Oyakhilome getting angry over his wife’s action and other instances when he appeared conciliatory, seeking that she should retrace her steps and return to her matrimonial home.

Oyakhilome had got wind of his wife’s divorce moves as far back as February this year and tried to stall, but she still went ahead to file the case in April. For two months, he avoided being served the court papers but was eventually tricked into accepting service by the wife’s lawyers who went to visit him at his London hotel incognito.

Although the marriage was contracted in Nigeria, Anita might have chosen the UK for the divorce because that is where she resides and Western courts are known for their strong stand on family issues. If the case ends in her favour, she could get alimony of up to 50% of Oyakhilome’s assets, which include hotels and real estate in many countries.

Under the divorce process, he is expected to file his response to the wife’s allegations and state grounds under which he thinks the marriage should not be dissolved. He could also try to prove to the court that the wife does not deserve significant alimony because of the circumstances of the case.
At the time of writing, he was yet to file his defence, according to sources in the know.

Anita’s lawyers may now be forced to ask for the next step ─ which is the actual dissolution of the union ─ if Oyakhilome’s lawyers keep them waiting.

After reports of the divorce suit were published, an angry Oyakhilome reportedly spoke with members at the London headquarters via a conference call asking those who wanted to leave the church to feel free to do so.

The troubled marriage appeared to have finally broken down last year when Anita stopped ministering at the London headquarters, which she presides over along with other churches in Europe. She also stopped contributing to Rhapsody of Realities, the highly successful Christian daily devotional which is sold around the world and is a major source of income for the couple.

The devotional, which is written in 550 languages and is currently distributed in 242 countries, is on course to reaching 300,000 cities across the world with 100million in 2014, according to the official website.

Much has been read into the removal of Anita’s name from the devotional after the news of the divorce proceedings went public. A member of the church in the UK told reporters that Anita was complaining that retaining her picture and profile in the booklet was creating the wrong impression that she was still contributing to it.

Unconfirmed reports said she ordered the latest edition to be confiscated in London because it was still bearing her image and she had not been paid any royalties since last year.

Christ Embassy is one of the biggest denominations in Nigeria, with branches all over the world.


Posted: at 7-09-2014 05:57 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- seveneleven at 7-09-2014 06:06 PM (7 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed make i no talk na dem go say i don talk
Posted: at 7-09-2014 06:06 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- daveobahon at 7-09-2014 06:51 PM (7 years ago)
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Me no dey put mouth 4 husband and wife mata
Posted: at 7-09-2014 06:51 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- schmit at 7-09-2014 06:56 PM (7 years ago)
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Dis matter serious ooo
Posted: at 7-09-2014 06:56 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- morgrawl231 at 7-09-2014 07:03 PM (7 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed
NO COMMENT,,,,,,,
Posted: at 7-09-2014 07:03 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Ritabrenice at 7-09-2014 07:43 PM (7 years ago)
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Ok
Posted: at 7-09-2014 07:43 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- osarobo62 at 7-09-2014 07:56 PM (7 years ago)
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dis one don pass Bible own....
Posted: at 7-09-2014 07:56 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- beneno at 7-09-2014 08:46 PM (7 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
Posted: at 7-09-2014 08:46 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- sarah555 at 7-09-2014 11:01 PM (7 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed
Posted: at 7-09-2014 11:01 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ogirinaz at 8-09-2014 06:15 AM (7 years ago)
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This issue is generating so many controverse devorce and marriage are clearly prescribe and written in holy scripture , so him and his wife been pastor shouldn't have problem in ending there marriage.Simply open the scripture read and weigh there issues and follow the doctrine of holy bible to end the case.
Posted: at 8-09-2014 06:15 AM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- 10naira at 8-09-2014 08:19 AM (7 years ago)
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May God intervened for His own. Amen
Posted: at 8-09-2014 08:19 AM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- sologreat at 8-09-2014 08:47 AM (7 years ago)
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The media is contributing to all this divorce bullshit. I dont think it is as bad as it sounds on the media. Nigeria, Our things are always different
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- DrSoba at 8-09-2014 08:54 AM (7 years ago)
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These are people that are suppose to be role model,  what will they preach to the congregation inrespect to marriage?  ABEGI MAKE I PASS.
Posted: at 8-09-2014 08:54 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Nicksam at 8-09-2014 09:18 AM (7 years ago)
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OK NA
Posted: at 8-09-2014 09:18 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- covenantu at 8-09-2014 10:02 AM (7 years ago)
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pastor lead us well o you people are teaching us how to divorce with our wife which is not the right thing in a christian fools. my question is that now what are you people going to preach for us now?
Posted: at 8-09-2014 10:02 AM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- PeacetoU at 8-09-2014 10:33 AM (7 years ago)
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Weti concern me inside weti no concern me.
Posted: at 8-09-2014 10:33 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ngfineface at 8-09-2014 10:59 AM (7 years ago)
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Make una leave this man and hin family alone abeg
Posted: at 8-09-2014 10:59 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Fazob at 8-09-2014 01:45 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: ngfineface on  8-09-2014 10:59 AM
Make una leave this man and hin family alone abeg
Posted: at 8-09-2014 01:45 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- deboalabi262 at 8-09-2014 03:03 PM (7 years ago)
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Family matters -no be my cup of tea... Huh?

Posted: at 8-09-2014 03:03 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- osamabinladin at 10-09-2014 11:17 AM (7 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes
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