The General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM), Dr. Daniel Olukoya has dragged the Publisher of Sahara Reporters and presidential aspirant in the 2019 presidential election, Omoyele Sowore to court for allegedly publishing libelous contents against his church for the past few years.
In the suit filed before the Akwa Ibom State High Court in Uyo, Olukoya is demanding N10bn in damages.
Olukoya said he was forced to commence the legal action against Sowore and his media platform, Sahara Reporters after their alleged failure to desist from publishing false and malicious articles against him and his church, MFM, since 2013, the Punch reports.
The GO lamented that after numerous complaints, Sowore and his platform did not desist from publishing offensive stories against his person and his church.
The pastor noted that he had no option other than to file the suit against Sowore after the latter allegedly refused to comply with their seven-day grace of pulling down all the malicious publications against the church.
The Incorporated Trustees of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries was listed as the first claimant while Olukoya was the second claimant in the suit marked HU/250/2018.
Joined as defendants were Sowore, Incorporated Trustees of Sahara Media Foundation and Sahara Reporters. Apart from the N10bn damages, the cleric and his church are praying the court to order the defendants to “pull down and erase each of the offending stories from the Internet forthwith.”
They also want the court to compel Sowore and Sahara Reporters to “tender a written apology and retraction, published prominently in their online news report and in at least three nationally circulating newspapers and two international magazines, including TIME International,” Punch quoted him.
The claimants are also praying for an order of perpetual injunction, “restraining the defendants by themselves, their agents, servants, privies or other persons, howsoever called or described from further publishing and/or disseminating libellous stories and statements against the claimants.”