Investigation carried out by the UK Charity Commission, last year, that members of Chris Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy in the UK donated a staggering sum of N3.49billion (£13m) to the church in 2011. The Charity Commission is the regulator of charities in England and Wales. The commission’s inquiry, which started in July 2013, following concerns raised by a member of the public, discovered that the UK branch of Christ Embassy had an annual income just short of £13m, of which £12.2m was voluntary income. It spent just £8.1m of the sum. The sum of £565,000 was spent on staff costs. At the time, the church had 28 full-time staff.
Christ Embassy is a registered charity with its UK head office in Folkestone, Kent, but it also has ministries in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Nigeria.
It lists its charitable activities, in the UK and abroad, as advancing the causes of Christianity and Christian education and helping people in need or suffering hardship, as well as building places of worship.
The inquiry examined any regulatory concerns to check if there had been mismanagement or misconduct on behalf of the ministry’s trustees, who include Oyahkilome and his now estranged wife, Anita.
Anita, who recently filed for divorce, was the Vice President until things went belly up between the two.
The commission’s inquiry did not yield information that could banish its suspicions of mismanagement. Last September, it appointed a manager to take over the running of the church, including its staff, assets, interests and relations with third parties.