In this fresh interview, Tonto Dikeh’s estranged husband, Olakunle Churchill, opens up on those ‘secrets’ he has kept from the public about his wife. Why she hates his mum, her many lies and his decision on taking his son from her
Let’s talk about your new domestic violence initiative?
The domestic violence campaign that we are embarking on with some partners from United Kingdom. We’ll be setting up a Domestic Violence Center where we’ll have a call center to link up cases of emergencies with hospitals and police stations to give quick response and aids to victims of domestic violence. The issue of domestic violence cuts across men and women but most times the attention and focus is always on women, so this initiative seeks to investigate and examine all cases of domestic violence because we’ll be working with the police and relevant authorities.
Your relationship with Tonto Dikeh has been marred with accusations of domestic violence, how do you intend to deal with that and your new campaign?
Truth is, what you read in the news is different from reality. My partner fights dirty and that’s what she’s put out there. Tonto will say anything to sound believable and gain public sympathy and that’s what she puts out there. It’s not real, I’ve never laid my hands on her ever. I’m not a violent person and I’m not temperamental, as a matter of fact I don’t take offence on anything at all, that’s how God made me, people who are close to me knows this, when I’m upset about something I simply avoid the offender and come to terms with the fact that I don’t need such vibes around me.
So how do you defend allegations that you beat her, made her lose a 4-month pregnancy and always cheated on her?
They are all fabricated, because my partner believes she’s a celebrity and she can make people believe whatever she wants them to believe and using her celebrity status to manipulate people to believe what she wants and she’s in the business of make-belief but I’m a businessman, a man of very few words too. I am a private person, but she prides herself on the fact that she has the platform and fan base to bring anyone down and she also feels by the time she deals with me, I’ll come back begging.
I met Tonto like 6-months before she took in, so where did the initial 4 months pregnancy come from or did it come after she gave birth to my son?
Because she travelled during her pregnancy and came back when King was 4-month old and we had only stayed together for about 6 months after that before all the issues started, she was still breast-feeding. And if indeed she had and lost a 4-month pregnancy, that will require for her to do an evacuation, which hospital did it for her and evidence does she have? It was all done to bring down my image and to destroy my reputation.
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 house warming 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 apologise 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?
Yes, 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 MediaRooom 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.
Do you think there’s still room to make it work out between you guys?
Oh, I’ve tried, but it’s just like seeing danger and you going for it. I tried to get the relationship back so I could help her condition and because of my kid but she doesn’t want peace.
To be continued..
Source: Linda Ikeji’s Blog