Chris Okafor & Wife’s Divorce Case Gets Messier

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The pastor of Mountain of Liberation Miracles Ministries,
Dr. Okafor and his wife, Bessem Okafor are in another messy fight. Though their
divorce case is yet to be finalized, the pastor’s estranged wife has accused
him of beating her up when she came to visit. Police were invited and they came to pick the pastor up, but he was on the pulpit where he was ministering. His lawyer has
denied the allegation, insisting Bessem tore her own clothes and was only
looking for trouble.  Here is how punch
reports it.

Bessem Okafor, the estranged wife of the pastor of Mountain
of Liberation Miracles Ministires, Dr. Chris Okafor, has accused her husband of
beating her up at their home in Magodo, Lagos.
Bessem who left her home in 2012, said she had, a few weeks
ago, gone to visit her four children who were in the custody of their father.
The visit was said to have been arranged by a lawyer from
the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, and her
husband’s lawyer, Mr. Onyechukwu Ubani.
She said, “I have not seen my children for nine months and
our lawyers agreed that I could come see them at home after school hours by
5pm. I went to the house at the appointed time, but my children were not there.
“I had to wait outside in the compound until 10pm before my
husband arrived; the children were not with him. They were later brought home
by the driver about 12am. By then it was clear I couldn’t leave again, I had to
spend the night.
“The following morning, I bathed and dressed them for
school. They pleaded with me to stay back until they returned and since I
hardly spent time with them the day before, I agreed.”
A few hours after her children had left for school, Bessem
received a phone call from Chris who had also left the house. He allegedly
questioned her presence in the house and ordered her to leave.
When Bessem insisted on staying till her children returned
from school, Chris allegedly sent a policeman who was part of his entourage to
the house.
She said, “The policeman told me to leave the house. At that
time, I was wearing only my dress. I had washed my undies and spread them to
dry since I didn’t come with extra.
“I told the policeman that I would leave after my children
returned from school. Later, Chris came in and on seeing me, he started beating
me and dragged me out of the house.”
She said some policemen came to arrest her, but could not go
with them because her clothes were torn.
The following day after making a complaint of assault at the
Isheri Police Division, she was hospitalised at the Solid Rock Hospital, in the
Ojodu/Berger area.
A copy of her medical report made available to PUNCH Metro
said Bessem was brought in for treatment after a brawl with her spouse.
It reads in part, “Examination revealed a middle aged woman
in distress with multiple bruises, BP 140/80mmhg and pulse rate 104bpm. There
was inflammation around the left knee and tenderness along the spine. She was
subsequently admitted, placed on intravenous fluids and managed as case of
multiple trauma secondary to domestic violence.”
The report was signed by one Dr. Ametepee T. M.
Chris, when contacted, did not respond to calls and a text
message to his phone. Our correspondent visited his church at Ojodu on two
occasions, but his aides said he was not available for comment.
When PUNCH Metro contacted the Lagos Police Public Relations
Officer, DSP Ngozi Braide, she did not respond to calls and text messages to
her phone.
However, Chris lawyer, Ubani, said, “Bessem has made all
sorts of allegations against her husband, 
but what she has failed to tell you is that she left her marriage of her
own volition. She ended her marriage with her infidelity. She would leave her
house, come back at late hours and would not tell her husband where she has
been.
“The couple are already in court for divorce. This
particular incident you are asking about, it was Bessem who tore her own
clothes. Chris never laid a hand on her. Why did she not get a medical report
from a government hospital?
“If she was truly assaulted she would have gone to the
station to make a report. Then they would give her a paper to take to a public
hospital. That of the private hospital is not admissible in court. Chris never
refused her access to her children; they were simply brought to the church
because his mother and cousin were not at home. After bringing some policemen
from Isheri to arrest Chris while he was at the pulpit, she still went ahead to
Zone 2 to make another report.”

The PPRO Zone 2, SP Lewi Suleimann, when contacted said, “We
are still waiting to get the file transferred from the Isheri Police Station. I
would not like to comment much before we get the file.”

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