Lagos Pastor, Ex-Lover Clash over Viral Sex Video

The Presiding Pastor of Zionwealth of Life Assembly in the Lekki area of Lagos State, Apostle Chris Omatsola, is in the headlines after a sex tape involving his former lover, Okpe Tamaratokoni went viral.

Okpe, who hails from Delta State, has accused Omatsola of releasing the video to force her into marriage with him, a claim the cleric denied, saying he was being blackmailed, Punch writes.

The estranged lovers dated for about seven months in 2018, and shortly after things fell apart between them, the lurid video emerged on the Internet.

Speaking on the scandal, Okpe said the pastor had threatened to leak the video after she quit the relationship, citing his violent tendencies.

“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.

She noted that she was surprised when at 7pm that day, people called her attention to the nude video and pictures circulating on the Internet.

The Computer Science graduate said the case was reported to the police and Omatsola was arrested the following day.

Okpe, who noted that she regretted the relationship, said she had faced ridicule from friends and family members.

“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.

The cleric however said his former lover was out to fleece him, adding that he could not have posted the sex video since he had his reputation to protect.

“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.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said investigation was ongoing, but said the police were not aware of the financial settlement claimed by Omatsola.

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