One of Nigeria’s most corrupt pastors Chris Oyakhilome sanctioned by UK regulators for spreading falsehood and linking 5G to coronavirus

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One of Nigeria’s most corrupt pastors Chris Oyakhilome who has become infamous for imposing gate fees during end of the year’s services and attacking journalists, has been sanctioned by British regulators over his discredited 5G conspiracy theory claims.

56-year-old Oyakhilome, also known as Pastor Chris, is the founder and president of LoveWorld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, based in Lagos, Nigeria. His net worth in 2011 was between $30 million and $50 million, according to Forbes.

The British media regulator Ofcom imposed sanctions against a channel founded by Oyakhilome for airing “unsubstantiated claims” linking 5G to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ofcom said the claims in a sermon aired by Christian channel Loveworld News calling the pandemic a “global cover-up” posed serious health consequences to viewers.

The regulator said it does not oppose broadcasts airing controversial views or those challenging health authorities, but the conspiracy theory by Oyakhimole was a threat to global safety.

Ofcom investigation concluded that the sermon “questioned the need for lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the virus without providing context.

Loveworld was ordered by the agency to air findings from its investigation given the “serious failings” by the channel to protect its viewers during the program.

CNN said it contacted Loveworld News UK for a comment but has yet to receive one.

Nigeria’s information agency also debunked the popular pastor’s claim that the government imposed movement restrictions in its two cities to allow the installation of the new generation wireless technology, according to a local report.

Ofcom said another report during the broadcast touted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus leaving out doubts about the efficacy of the drug and potentially harmful side effects.

“However, given the unsubstantiated claims in both these programmes were not sufficiently put into context, they risked undermining viewers’ trust in official health advice, with potentially serious consequences for public health,” Ofcom said.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. This paper or website needs to be sued for defamation of character. I guess by the time they are made to pay hundreds of millions in damages, they will be kicked out of business and that will put to stop their deceits and lie. Very unprofessional journalism.

  2. You’re only fooling yourself by spending your time to compose trash.
    We know our pastor and even those who are not his members love him too.
    As for the 5G thing, can you tell us and proof to us why people were shocking and dying in d street of China, do you want to tell me that it’s the so called Corona? You’re left alone, I am not here to argue the truth.

  3. most of these comment are coming from his members, they are his watch-dog.. Mr journalist keep reporting the facts, As it is we are with you.

  4. To you the publisher, there is a chance now for you to accept Jesus Christ as the lord of your life, afterwards living for Him. And then come under the tutelage of pastor Chris, act fast or you miss this opportunity

  5. Character assassination, full of lies, this man is a servant of God, be careful what you write about him

  6. I want the world to know that this journalist is full of lies and unprofessional.
    Your tactics won’t give you the needed publicity you want. You will only ruin your destiny.

  7. Dear blogger, never try to succeed by tarnishing one’s image. I pity you on how your fall will be…. But let me tell you if you like call him all sought of names, though am not a member of his church but, I still love him…. You can perish for all I care.

  8. The writer is only looking for attention, unfortunately for him, he just fooled himself, if they could sanction him for talking about 5g, then what are they going to do to the people that destroyed the equipment.

  9. Simon Ateba, or whatever you call your name, I thought this was a news website, now I know it’s not even qualified to be called a blog because the new generation blogs use their heads. I’m unsunscribing from your garbage newsletter.

  10. You will never go unpunished if his words later become reality all the evil happening in the world God is revealing it cos there’s nothing hidden under the sun at first it was all that, people fell and shake to death my question now, is it corona DAT shock people 2 death or 5G radiation

  11. I think you need Jesus please add me up on Facebook@ Imariagbee bright osarodion

  12. The ticket for 31st night is a way we control the crowd Nd I think the reason why you are doing this is because you don’t know pastor Chris oyakhilome let me tell you even if I see the man of God with a human head I will still listen to him , Na you get your mouth talk what ever you like

  13. All because you want more click you are calling a man of God corrupt even when the court or media have not said so. Go and pray for Mercy and apologize to the man of God

  14. It is not new to me because ,according to 2timothy3:12 said : yea,and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
    If UK regulators sanctions pastor Chris oyakilome, is never a new thing to us all, the gospel is matching on….they are just for a while surely there is an end to every Sanctions and regulations from The so-called UK

  15. It is not new to me because ,according to 2timothy3:12 said : yea,and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
    Truth is always bitter in the heart of men, but we will continue thou in the things which we have learned and we have been assured of.

  16. The writer is a foolish man looking for attention. I love Pastor Chris more after reading this trash. You should be ashamed of yourself because you just disgraced yourself in a large platform.

  17. We the followers of the Man of God are not moved by this. We love our Pastor More and more. Nothing can stop that..
    I am an ardent follower of Pastor Chris..

  18. The writer is a compound fool..
    Your hate for Pastor Chris just makes him bigger.. I have grown to love him so much..
    I will start attending his church once the ban on churches are lifted..

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