Disrupted wedding at the Overcomers Church in Aguda – our response

Disrupted wedding at the Overcomers Church in Aguda - our response

UPDATED: SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013

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What was meant to be a day of celebration – the wedding ceremony of one of our members Uloma Agwu to Mr. Solomon Akiyesi at the Overcomers Church World Outreach in Aguda – was sullied by an ugly incident.

Immediately following the praise and worship session and before the officiating commenced, a woman who claims to be the lawful wife of the groom disrupted the ceremony.

She was accompanied by people who sought only to wreck havoc in the church. They were unruly and violent.

We regret the ugly series of events that followed this brash display. At the Overcomers Church, we do our due diligence to ensure a couple set to wed is right in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of God. To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Akiyesi, was unmarried.

The Overcomers Church World Outreach regrets that the woman who disrupted the wedding chose such a time to do so. There is no ideal situation here, but it would have been right that she bring the case before church officials in a manner befitting a house of worship. A phone call or letter would have sufficed to alert us to the matter and put a stop to the proceedings.

The groom, Mr. Akiyesi, apologized to the Church, Ms. Agwu, and family and friends that gathered for the wedding, all of whom he deceived.

“This happened because I tried to cut corners,” he said. He admits he was married, but claimed to have been separated and failed to dissolve his previous marriage to his wife. We later found that to be untrue.

We apologize for the ugly scene this caused at our Church and apologize to those who witnessed it. It is not exemplary behavior and not who we are as a Church.

The General Overseer of the Overcomers Church World Outreach, Bishop N.E. Moses, addressed the congregation after order was restored.

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Bishop Moses prayed for Mr. Akiyesi and Ms. Agwu, but he did not legally wed them – no documents were signed so as not to disobey the law. Mr. Solomon Akiyesi and Ms Uloma Agwu will not be legally joined together by the Overcomers Church. It is not a union that the Church or Ms. Agwu is willing to endorse.

Our Bishop has urged us to take a lesson from this and be careful of the decisions we make in life, so the consequences don’t hurt us in the future. It is a lesson we take well.

We stand by Ms. Agwu. She has been a dedicated member of the church and we will continue to support her and pray for her at this time.

It is our hope and prayer that in all of this, God is glorified and His house of worship above reproach.

Chika Moses
Media Representative,
Overcomers Church World Outreach

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