The M.S Amune & Co (Omega Chambers), solicitors to Apostle Johnson Suleman, founding father of Omega Fire Ministries has threatened to sue Israel Balogun over a ‘miracle cash’ video he posted on his YouTube channel, Wholeness Africa Initiative.
Balogun, in one in all his movies, condemned a miracle service organised by Suleman the place the cleric was heard telling members that he would command angels to drop cash into the financial institution accounts of those that imagine.
The programmes had been held in Edo, Nigeria and Atlanta, USA in June and July, 2021 respectively.
In response, Suleman’s solicitors despatched a letter dated twenty seventh July to Balogun demanding a retraction of the posts (video and write-ups) alongside a written apology to the minister.
They said that Balogun’s motion was a case of defamation of character in opposition to Apostle Suleman whose church, Omega Fire Ministries has members in 52 international locations of the world.
In the letter, Balogun’s statements had been described as ‘hate speech, cybercrime terrorism, unsubstantiated and menace to his (Suleman’s) social and non secular picture.
They said explicitly that failure to do as requested will appeal to a full lawsuit in opposition to Balogun.
The letter which was titled, Defamation on the particular person of Apostle Johnson Suleman learn, “We act as solicitors to Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries hereinafter called our client and on whose specific mandate we write you concerning the above captioned subject matter.
“Our client gave us a clear mandate to respond to the defamatory video against him which you did and put on your Facebook page tagged ‘Wholeness Africa Initiatives’, Youtube and other social media channels, in which you painted and portrayed him as a criminal, a magician and a saboteur of a country’s economic values. In the said video, you also described our client as a fraudster who connives with some of his disciples to defraud members of the public.
“Our client considered the said video as a demonstration of acute mala fide, viciously concocted to mislead members of the public about this person, while at the same time branding our client as a false prophet and fraudster.
”The above allegations and defamatory statements meted on our shoppers by you’re unfaithful, unreal, false and calculated to defame and/or carry him to ridicule earlier than the Omega Fire Ministry Worldwide, church members, the affiliation of Clergy, the worldwide group and cheap members of the society as a Pastor of worldwide reputation and this act of yours has generated ignorant responses and assaults from his fellow clergy and most of the people because of your malicious publication in varied social media platforms watched/learn by a number of tens of millions of individuals everywhere in the world.
”We, due to this fact state that the stated video which has gone viral is baseless, deceptive, posted to injure and undermine the integrity of our consumer: ipso facto libellous to the particular person of our consumer who has tens of millions of followers everywhere in the world and who’s a pastor/founding father of a church reputed to be one of many fastest-growing church buildings with branches in over 52 nations of the world (Omega Fire Ministries).
“Be put on notice also that your said video against our client is a clear case of hate speech, cybercrime terrorism, unsubstantiated and threat to his social and religious image.
“You are hereby commanded that within 7 days upon receipt of this letter, you remove the said video from all social media platforms and also write a full-page apology to our client, copies of which must be sent to our chambers and also to be printed on your Facebook and Youtube channel.
“Take notice that unless you fully and effectually comply with the terms of this letter within seven (7) days from the date of the receipt of this letter, we shall invoke the entire due process of the law on you.
“Take further notice that we shall certainly proceed against you without further recourse to you if you failed to heed to the demands of this letter.”