Founder, Christ Word Deliverance Church, PortHarcourt, Prophetess Augusta Olozulu, has dragged her former General Overseer, Prophet Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin, of the Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministries, Effurun, Delta State, to court for defamation and claiming the sum of N100m for the assassination of her character.
The suit which was filed at the High Court sitting in Rivers State, named Funfeyin as the first defendant, Precious Ojenamadu a.k.a. Prophet Ojenanmoo Ojenamadu of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministries, Effurun Delta State, as the second defendant and Austin Chinedu and John Disi of Christ Mercyland Ministries, Port Harcourt Worship Centre as the third and fourth defendants.
Prophetess Olozulu urged the court to order the defendants to pay the sum of N100million as damages for alleged defamation on her person by the defendants and also a perpetual injunction restraining the entire defendants from further assassinating her character.
Other reliefs sought by the defendant include: A declaration that the threat statements by the first and second defendants issued sometime in July 2020 against the plaintiff is harsh, wrongful, unlawful and contrary to the plaintiff’s right to be free from slavery and servitude and plaintiff’s entitlement to freedom of religion.
“A declaration that the statements made by the first and second defendants in the midst of crowd and as published by the third and fourth defendants and other social media against the plaintiff are harsh, wrong and defamatory, thus exposing the plaintiff to public odium and disrepute as well as lowering her estimation before the right thinking members of the public, especially her church.
“An order of court for a written apology to be published in two national newspapers, one local newspaper widely used in Port Harcourt and other social media in favour of the plaintiff retracting the defamatory statements of the first and second defendants and published by the third and fourth defendants.
“The sum of One Hundred Million Naira only against the defendants jointly or severally being and representing general damages for the defamatory statements made by the first and second defendants and published by the third and fourth defendants on Facebook and other social media against the plaintiff.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants either by themselves, agents, privies, servants and or representatives from further writing, preaching, spreading and or otherwise any defamatory statement against or concerning the plaintiff.”
The plaintiff averred that the first to fourth defendants made harsh, wrong and defamatory statements against her and also preached and spread defamatory statements and published same in social media platforms, thus causing her harm in the eyes of members of her church and the general public.
She further averred that her face-off with the defendants started when she left the Christ Mercyland Ministries Port Harcourt Worship Centre to establish her own church, the Christ Word Deliverance Church sometime in September, 2020.
But in an ironic twist of fate to the matter, the prophetess was rather, arrested by the police, a situation that had kept her lawyers’ tongues wagging.
Her lawyers alleged their client’s arrest was masterminded by Funfeyin, describing the action as prejudicial since the matter was already in court.
The lawyers, Simple Dioha, I. Orlu-Akwu, and L. S. Kinanee, said the arrest of the prophetess was carried out by the officers attached to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police Monitoring Unit (RSCPMU), calling for her immediate release, and insisting the action was designed to intimidate and stop her from pursuing her defamation case against Prophet Funfeyin.
However, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, noted that the arrest of the prophetess was for further investigation of a pending matter./ SHARE THIS
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