MFM GO awarded 500m naira from UK court against blogger

According to a report by PUNCH news, a United Kingdom High Court has registered the N500m damages entered in favour of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries and its General Overseer, Dr Daniel Olukoya, by an Ogun State High Court against a UK-based blogger, Maureen Badebo.

The judgment was registered on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

The Spokesperson of MFM, Collins Edomaruse, released a statement on Tuesday saying, “By this development, the judgement of Justice Abiodun Adeyemi becomes, for all intents and purposes, judgement of the Queen’s Bench Division and will soon be executed on the judgment-debtor, Maureen Badejo, in that country”.

According to The PUNCH’s reports, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi of an Ogun State High Court in Abeokuta had delivered the judgment on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in which damages of N500m were awarded to MFM and Olukoya, against Maureen Badejo for aggravated libel.

Justice Akinyemi gave the verdict against Badejo for libelous publications against Dr. Olukoya and the church.

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.”

The judge described the report as the worst case of reckless defamation and evil use of the internet and social media.

His ruling was delivered in a N10bn libel suit filed by Ime Nya Asanga (lawyer to the plaintiffs), Justice Akinyemi awarded N250m to each of the claimants (making a total of N500m) 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 “tender a written apology and retraction of the offending publications and posts in a form and content acceptable to the claimants and published prominently in her Facebook, YouTube and Instagram accounts and in at least three nationally circulating newspapers in Nigeria and two international magazines, including TIME International, forthwith.”

The Spokesperson for Olukoya, Collins Edomaruse, quoted Asanga on Saturday as saying that a certified true copy of the judgment and its certificate with Form 35 endorsed thereon, had been served vide DHL courier with proof of service indicated that Badejo had received the court ruling.

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