Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Gathers Legal Team For Divorce Battle

The names of Pastor Chris’ would-be legal representatives are not yet known although they are expected to come from the UK since the wife also engaged the services of a British law firm

Reports from Cable.ng says founder and head pastor of Christ Embassy, Chris Oyakhilome, has assembled a team of lawyers for the divorce suit filed by his wife, Anita Oyakhilome.

Anita had in April, 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) which the popular televangelist vehemently denied, threatening to sue media houses if such stories are published.

According to TheCable, the names of Pastor Chris’ would-be legal representatives are not yet known 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 and it is also 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 TheCable in Lagos, giving 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.

It was gathered by TheCable that 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.

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