Apostle Johnson Suleman, the general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, has sued retired Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar for the sum
Apostle Johnson Suleman, the general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, has sued retired Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar for the sum of N1 billion naira for continuously defaming him.
This will be the first time he would publicly react to the matter since it came to the fore in July 2022 after a popular Instagram blog made a post linking her alleged affair with the clergyman to the fibroid surgery she underwent.
Then the actress’ siblings called on the apostle via Instagram and asked him to stay away from her. Among other things, the Apostle sought a declaration that her publication was defamatory. He also demanded that she tenders an unreserved apology and other monetary damages.
It is barely 24 hours after she held a live session on Instagram regarding her relationship with Suleman.
As though Abubakar got wind of the lawsuit, the actress repeatedly tried to hold a live Instagram session with notorious faceless blogger, Gistlover.
The session failed to hold due to poor connection, which the faceless blogger attributed to Apostle Suleman’s ‘spiritual’ interference.
Failing the actress’ failure to meet his demands, the Apostle and his legal representatives started legal proceedings against her.
The preacher, through his legal representatives, Ephesus Lex Attorneys & Solicitors, brought Halima Abubakar before Justice. J. Enobie Obanor of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in the Abuja Judicial Division.
In the suit filed before a high court sitting in Abuja, Suleman demanded, among other things, the sum of one billion naira as damages.
“A declaration that the statements published by the defendant against the claimant on her Instagram handle @Halmabubakar, falsely and maliciously written and published to the general public, are defamatory of the person of the claimant,” it reads.
“An order directing the defendant to publish a retraction of her defamatory statements published on her Instagram handle @alimabubakar and on several online blogs and newspapers.
“Pay the sum of N1,000,000,000.00 (one billion naira only) to the claimant as aggravated and exemplary damages for libel contained in the publication of the defendant against the claimant on her Instagram handle @Halimabubakar and caused to be published by the defendant in several newspapers and news blogs, including Gistlover at Gistlover.com.
“An order directing the defendant to pay the claimant the sum of 20,000,000.00 (twenty million naira) being legal fee paid to the counsels handing this suit.”
“As it stands, she has been served. Since we don’t know her address here in Abuja, we decided to send her the notice through the Daily Trust newspaper.
“Whether she comes to court or not is not our business. We have to prove our case, and the court will take it from there. What I do know is that she has been served,” he said.