UK-based blogger Maureen Badejo has been slammed with £936,379.50 (N500M) for defaming the character of Nigeria’s general overseer of Moutain of Fire Ministries, Dr. Olukoya.
According to Nigerian media, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi of an Ogun State High Court in Abeokuta has slammed N500 million damages for libelous publications against Dr. Daniel Olukoya.
The Court also granted “a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant by herself, her agents, servants, privies or other persons howsoever called or described from further making, publishing and/or disseminating defamatory stories and statements about the claimants or any one of them,
From her Luton studio, she broadcasts on Facebook via the page GIO TV where talks about Trustees of the MFM and Olukoya doing terrible things which were described by the pastor as 52 lies.
She said on her shows that Olukoya defrauded the United States government by selling his books without paying the due tax on the books.
GIO TV also reported that a Pastor from MFM in the UK paid the sum of £150,000 into the personal account of Olukoya and then went to Nigeria to cover up the offense after meeting up with the pastor.
But delivering his ruling in a N10 billion libel suit filed by Ime Nya Asanga (lawyer to the plaintiffs), Justice Akinyemi awarded N250 million to each of the claimants, making a total of N500 million as aggravated and exemplary damages for libel.
The Judge also ordered Badejo to “immediately pull down and erase each of the offending online publications/posts concerning the claimants from the internet”.
She was also ordered to apologize and remove the content she has made offending publications published in her Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram accounts and also in Newspapers in Nigeria and two international magazines including TIME International, forthwith.”
Olukoya’ spokesperson Collins Edomaruse confirmed that a certified true copy of the judgment and its certificate with Form 35 endorsed thereon, had been served via DHL courier with proof of service which indicated that Badejo had received the court ruling.
According to him, unless the judgment debtor obeys the directions contained therein, he/she would be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.
Badejo also ordered not to make any further comments on the ministry of MFM via social media or else she will face another lawsuit, the lawyer clarified.