As the marital crisis between popular Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh and her husband Olakunle Churchill, continue to linger, more details are beginning to make it to the social media. Churchill has again opened up on more issues. He called out popular journalist, Azuka of Media Room Hub who he says refused to publish the evidence he gave to her because she has mutual friends with Tonto Dikeh. Journalist Azuka refused to publish my evidences against Tonto because they are friends – Churchill laments.
Recall that the union between the actress and her husband ended earlier in the year when the actress announced via her Instagram page that she had moved out of her husband’s house. She followed it up with several allegations of domestic violence, cheating and other marital misconducts against Churchill.
Journalist Azuka refused to publish my evidences against Tonto because they are friends – Churchill laments
Churchill had also spoken out and gave account of what led to the sudden crash of their marriage. In a tell-it-all interview, Tonto Dikeh disclosed her marital issues with Azuke, shortly after, her husband shared his side of the story with the same medium. But in a recent chat with LIB, the father of one says Azuka has a lot to hide.
See interview excerpts below…
Have you actually attempted to beg and make peace?
“Yes I have. The main thing that started this fight was between she and my mum and it was very dirty. I bought a house for my mum in Lekki and she came over from overseas so we can do a house warming party to launch it and just 24-hours before the housewarming party, my partner got angry over a very flimsy issue and she just started breaking stuffs and scattering the house and in the process while my mum was trying to calm her down, she pushed my mum down as well. I had never seen that in my life, I had to prostrate for my mum to apologize and that was how the house warning party was cancelled because it was just 24-hours to the party and Tonto had destroyed the house, breaking and damaging things.
“This happened on December 20th and the following day I packed a few of my things and traveled to Ghana. So I felt she was scared or confused on how to handle it, so she went online and started the stunts by removing Churchill from her name. And don’t forget, I said this issue happened on December 20th, on the 22nd, she had one of her charity events where she kicked off a road construction work at The Karamajiji Colony Abuja of people living with disabilities on Friday, December 23, 2016 courtesy of the Big Church Foundation pledge at the walk for love event. She looked all good without any signs of beating or domestic violence which shows it was a false allegation that i laid my hands on her.
“In fairness to her, while I was in Ghana, she sent a lot of text messages to apologize but I guess I took too long because I was away for over two weeks and then she just switched on me. Truth is I was actually In shock. She did that just one day to my mum’s event, we had already called people, invited pastors to bless the house and all only to cancel it at the last minute because my partner destroyed the house.
“So she played a fast one when I saw the story on Stella’s blog with the ‘rumors had it stunt’ in January this year which began this whole process. Truth is, I only traveled to Ghana for a charity event with my staffs from the Abuja office just before my birthday.”
What do you think is making her this bitter to fight you this much despite the love that once existed between you two?
“Some people simply don’t like to lose a battle and because she’s a celebrity, what happened was too heavy for her to bear. She felt if the news got out, it’ll be bad for her so she switched it and once she started to play the victim card, she had to continue it but it got to a point when she left my house with my son and nanny before I came back to Nigeria and she went on to grant an interview where she accused me of domestic violence and it’s all lies, there’s nothing like a four month pregnancy or any of the other lies. I was not even in the country when she claimed she ran away from the house because of domestic violence. So it was all planned and she took her time to pack everything because the estate still has the CCTV footage of her moving out with a Sienna and a truck.
“From that interview with Azuka, she showed images of an alleged domestic violence, but she also put on a pendant (with the diamond crown customized with my son’s name which I handed over to her on December 1, 2016. And in the same picture, she alleged losing 4-months pregnancy wearing the same cloth and the same pendant. It just doesn’t make sense bearing in mind that the fracas happened at my mum’s home on December 20th so the timelines just don’t match. she keeps complicating herself. Even the picture she showed during the interview was shown from her phone, it wasn’t clear.”
Then you also granted your own interview as well?
“Yea, I wouldn’t have granted that interview, but the allegations were too much and because of my brand. She called me a murderer, wife beater, claimed I gave her STDs and even said my foundation is a scam and everyone knows we don’t collect money from any one for the foundation, we only use the 10% profit from Big Church Group to run it, just like paying tithe.
“So I had to grant the interview when the Azuka lady from Media Room Hub came to me to debunk those allegations but unfortunately all the evidences I gave to Azuka was never used. I heard Azuka also went to Ghana to make findings from the embassy and police but she refused to publish all the truth she found out because she has mutual friends with Tonto Dikeh. God knows I wouldn’t have granted her the interview, but they were the ones who interviewed my partner so I felt it was right I also speak through the same medium with facts,” Churchill added.