A scandalous episode is playing out between a Lekki based pastor identified as Apostle Chris Omatsola and his ex-lover Tamaratokoni Okpe over a leaked sex video involving both of them.
Reports say the clergy who is the Presiding Pastor of Zionwealth of Life Assembly in the Lekki area of Lagos State, said the video was leaked to blackmail him while Okpe claimed that the clip was released to force her into marriage with her former lover.
Recounting her ordeal, Okpe who dated Apostle Omatshola for about seven months in 2018 (a time which they both had sexual intercourse) said her ex-lover had threatened to leak the video after she quit the affair.
Okpe said; “I met Apostle Chris Kevwe Omatsola, the founder and pastor of Zionwealth of Life Assembly (Zola) in Lekki, Lagos, and we started dating in February 2018. It quickly escalated to a sexual relationship and when we had sex the first time, he told me that we should make it right by getting married. We continued our romance and one of the things we did together was recording videos and taking pictures of our intimacy.
“I informed my mum about a guy coming for my hand in marriage and she said she was going to pray about it. Everything was rosy until he became violent and constantly beat me up till I bled. He came begging after each episode and I forgave him.”
According to Okpe, she decided to quit the relationship in July over the temperament of Apostle Omatshola as he started to hit her at the slightest of provocation.
“In August, I called off the relationship and I was surprised that he accepted it in good faith initially, given his penchant for violence.
“Sometime in August, he asked that we meet to talk on platonic grounds. During the meeting, he became hostile when he realised that I was no longer interested in him. He also refused to drop me off at home. He beat me up, seized my phone, forced me to unlock it and retrieved contacts from it just to track who I was seeing.
“That was the final straw for me; so I never saw him again till September when he showed up at my place, crying and begging. I refused to fall for his tricks and there was no further communication from both sides till sometime early October when he apologised again.
“On October 13, he contacted me with an anonymous number via WhatsApp with pictures, videos and threat messages, saying if I did not come back to him, he was going to release everything,” she added.
Okpe she was surprised when her attention was called to the nude video and pictures circulating on the Internet as she later reported the matter to the police.
“He said now that my pictures and videos were out there, no man would want to look my way again; that it was best we got married.
“After the arrest, in the presence of his dad, he confessed to releasing the pictures and video. He apologised to me, my family, his family and the public. This was recorded on October 19, 2018, and I am in possession of the video. He even accepted to pay damages,” she said.
Okpe who said she regretted getting herself entangled in the relationship added that; “I was wrong to have been involved in premarital sex with a pastor. I was wrong to have allowed him persuade me to record our intimate moments. I have been fielding questions from my colleagues. I hope that this will pass soon,” she added.
On his part, Apostle Omatshola claimed Okpe was out to tarnish his image and also out to make him part with money.
He also added that he was forced to post a second video of him apologising to Okpe over the incident under duress.
“I never did anything of that nature and she does not have anything to prove it (assault). How do you, a popular pastor with a church in Lekki Phase One, leak your own sex video with your face on it? How does that work?
“That video (confessional video) was done under duress because I was picked up by the same lady and she demanded N200m (from me) for leaking the video, which I did not leak. She has it on her phone and I have it on my phone. So, she picked me up. My dad and the lawyer agreed that I should do a (confessional) video and it was under duress.
“The police were there, the Investigating Police Officer was there; I am supposed to pay that girl N1m before the end of this month.
“This (sex) video came from an unknown telephone number. I started getting calls on Sunday morning while I was in church and somebody said my sex video was all over the Internet. I called the blog that posted it to take it down.
“The next day, the police came to arrest me for it. I went to the station and I was detained; my lawyer came to take my bail. I was taken to the police headquarters where I was told that part of the conditions for bail was for me to make that (confessional) video. I needed to do it to come out to defend myself. You can’t defend yourself in a cell.”
The matter was confirmed by CSP Chike Oti, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, who revealed that findings into the matter were currently ongoing.
Oti said, “A case was reported against the pastor who posted a sex video of himself and his girlfriend online. Investigation commenced at the Ajah Police Station and the pastor made confessional statement that he posted the video. He said he was madly in love and that was why he misbehaved.
“However, because we see it is a case debasing womanhood and betrayal of trust, it was moved to the Gender Section for thorough investigation.
The incident is reminiscent of the pregnancy allegations levelled against Apostle Johnson Suleman the senior pastor and general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International who was accused by a Canadian based singer Stephanie Otobo of impregnating and abandoning her which the clergyman vehemently denied.
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