After months of intense cover up, the matrimonial crisis of charismatic Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, founder of Believers' Love World Inc, (aka Christ Embassy Church) blew into the open last week with revelations that his estranged wife, Anita had served him formal papers for a divorce in a London court.
According to reports monitored on TheCable.ng, an online newspaper, the dissolution of the marriage between Chris and Anita, has entered the final phase with the wife alleging "unreasonable behaviour" and "adultery".
The report said she outlined several other unpublishable allegations against the pastor.
The divorce case, with suit number FD14D01650, was filed on April 9, 2014 at Divorce Section A, Central Family Court, First Avenue House, High Holborn, London on Anita's behalf by Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors, a full-service law firm.
"Sources said efforts to reconcile the popular couple, whose church is one of the biggest denominations in Nigeria and has branches all over the world, have failed. The pastor, according to an elder of the church, has denied allegations of adultery and believes his wife is being influenced by "bad friends" who are intent on destroying their home," reports TheCable.
The online newspaper reports that while Anita believes she has been relegated in the scheme of things in the church, her husband reportedly accused her of trying to usurp power and authority above her seniors in the ministry.
Church insiders said Pastor Chris 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 in London.
A member of the church who spoke on condition of anonymity said the entire Christ Embassy Ministry was disappointed by Anita's action.
"The members of the church have been aware of these issues for a long time. These allegations are not new. What is new is the divorce issue. We are surprised that she (Anita) went to file the suit in London despite the fact that they got married in Nigeria, obviously for financial reasons," said the source
Pastor Chris is the President of Believers' Love World Inc while his wife is the vice-president. They have two teenage daughters, Sharon and Charlyn. – Cable News Nigeria