On Thursday, Nigerian cleric, Johnson Suleman of the Omega Fireplace Ministries Worldwide lastly reacted to a number of intercourse allegations in opposition to him by Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar.
For months endless, the erstwhile well-known actress accused the controversial cleric of reneging on his promise to marry her and mentioned he was behind for an undisclosed life-threatening ailment that had plagued her for years.
She alleged that Mr Suleman had sexual affairs with a number of actresses, together with Shan George and Iyabo Ojo, a declare the cleric and his handlers ignored.
Ms Abubakar, who started appearing in 2001 when she performed a minor position in ‘Rejected’, revealed that she had an affair with the preacher as a result of he instructed her he was a divorcee with three youngsters.
On Instagram, she mentioned that her life was at risk and that ther cleric needs to be held liable for no matter happens her.
“Pls don’t fear about me. However you’ll be able to maintain Johnson Suleman accountable, simply in case.
“You’ll be able to’t do something, although. Nigerians are conscious. If something occurs, Johnson, it’s you’’, the 37-year-old actress wrote on Instagram.
Stop and desist discover
Mr Suleman, by way of his authorized representatives, Ephesus Lex Attorneys & Solicitors, has issued the actress a stop and desist discover.
A stop and desist discover is a cautionary letter despatched to an alleged wrongdoer describing the alleged misconduct and demanding a cease to the alleged wrongdoing.
The discover was in response to the actress’s alleged defamation in opposition to the pastor and a few of her colleagues whom she accused of getting sexual affairs with him.
Apostle Suleman’s authorized consultant, Rodney Adzuanaga, instructed PREMIUM TIMES they served Ms Abubakar the discover due to her earlier defamatory feedback in regards to the Apostle.
“The feedback which have been within the public area for some time. It lately resurfaced once more. On the energy of that, we issued her a stop and desist discover,” he mentioned.
He additional mentioned that failure to conform will result in a civil go well with in opposition to her.
“Whether or not there might be a public criticism to the police or different legislation enforcement companies just isn’t inside our purview.
“We hope that she is going to hearken to the voice of cause. If she doesn’t, we’ll lengthen our actions to taking a writ in opposition to her,” he added.
Within the discover signed by Mr Adzuanaga, the cleric accused Ms Abubakar of publishing malicious, defamatory, and demeaning statements in regards to the apostle on a number of microblog websites, mainly Gistlover.
The letter, a duplicate made out there to this newspaper, states that the defamatory statements printed by Ms Abubakar on her Instagram deal with not solely attribute that the Apostle is diabolical however that he’s liable for no matter medical situation she is struggling.
It says that the statements are false, unfaithful, malicious, defamatory, baseless, and a instrument for blackmailing Apostle Suleman whereas lowering him within the eyes of accountable and right-thinking members of society.
“We, subsequently, demand that you just stop from additional publication of the mentioned defamatory statements or every other statements and or publication meant to injure the status of our consumer,” it said.
Different calls for
Apart from restraining herself from additional feedback, it said that Ms Abubakar should publish a retraction of her earlier statements in 5 nationwide dailies inside three days from Thursday.
In addition they demanded that she delivers a letter to the Apostle stating her full assurance and enterprise that she is going to desist from publishing earlier and additional defamatory statements in opposition to him.
She should additionally repay him for all prices incurred in defending and defending his status.
Regardless of the discover, the quite a few allegations are nonetheless seen on the actress’ Instagram web page which boasts 1 million followers.
This isn’t the primary time Apostle Suleman might be initiating authorized proceedings in opposition to his accusers.
In 2018, Nigerian singer, Stephanie Otobo, alleged that he indulged in immoral acts along with her.
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Following the allegations, the Canadian-based Nigerian singer was arrested by the clergyman and spent some days in Kirikiri jail.
Ms Otobo, whom the fiery cleric accused of blackmail, a menace to life, conspiracy, and intent to steal from him in 2017, resumed her damning accusations backed with what she described as receipts.
The dancehall singer, whose stage identify is Stephanie D’ocean, additionally launched a diss observe and photograph she claimed was the pastor’s ‘genitals’ on a Twitter thread and mentioned he deliberate to kill her.
Additionally, a Youtuber, Israel Balogun, was arrested in 2021 for criticising Apostle Suleman.
The police detained Mr Balogun after he posted a video clip of Mr Suleman on YouTube, praying for the viewers to obtain mysterious cash alerts.
He was launched after assembly his bail circumstances.
Earlier within the yr, the favored running a blog web site, Gistlover, printed the names of some actresses Apostle Suleman allegedly had sexual affairs with.
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