MFM sues Sahara Reporters over publications
The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) has filed a lawsuit against Sahara Reporters, an online media platform; its publisher, Omoyele Sowore and Sahara Reporters Media Foundation over what it called a series of false, malicious and defamatory publications against the ministry and its the General Overseer, Dr. D. K. Olukoya.
In the Suit No HU/250/2018 pending before the High Court of Akwa Ibom State, Uyo Judicial Division, the Claimants are praying the court for sundry relief, including the sum of N10billion as exemplary damages, a written apology/retraction to be published in Sahara Reporters online platform, three nationally circulating newspapers and two internationally circulating magazines, one of which must be the TIME International.
The MFM also wants the court to direct Sahara Reporters to pull down and erase from the world-wide-web each of the offending stories published between 2013 and June 30, this.
In addition, the Claimant are seeking perpetual injunction restraining the defendants by themselves, their agents, servants, privies or other persons howsoever called or described from further publishing and disseminating libelous stories and statements against the Claimants or any of them.
The Claimant’s counsel, Ime Asanga, said the ministry was constrained to take legal action following the actions of Sowore and his co-defendants in refusing to desist from publishing “false and malicious articles” against the MFM over the stated period.
Asanga also disclosed that the defendants turned down the opportunity for a peaceful resolution when they failed to take advantage of a seven-day window offered them to retract the offending publications.
Originating processes in the suit were said to have been served on the Defendants by substituted means pursuant to the order of the court by posting on the gate of their premises at 13B, Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, popularly known as The Media Lab.
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