- Demands N1bn damages from him for defaming him
General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has written Lagos lawyer, Mr Festus Keyamo requesting him to retract all defamatory allegations made against him through press statements, clips and related media within seven days or be dragged before the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
The cleric is also demanding a public apology from keyamo and a princely sum of N1billion before the expiration of the ultimatum.
In a letter written by Apostle Suleiman’s counsel, Mr Osa Director, the cleric accused Keyamo of conjuring, manufacturing and synthesizing bogus exhibits to deliberately tarnish his image.
Bar and Bench Watch reports that Keyamo is the counsel representing Miss Otobo, the young lady who alleged that she had an affair with the cleric which resulted in pregnancy but that she was abandoned.
The Church, however, defended Suleman saying that he was never involved in any “amorous relationship” as claimed by Otobo.
The Church also called Keyamo a “serial blackmailer” for defending the lady who has been arrested by police for allegedly trying to blackmail the preacher, by demanding N500 million from him.
The letter by Apostle Suleiman’s counsel which was addressed to Keyamo requesting public apology, N1bn damages and others reads in full:
“Sequel to our letter to you dated 6th March, 2017 we have observed with shock and dismay your deliberate and relentless efforts to malign and convict our client through media trial.
“By your relentless media campaign, you are conducting yourself in a manner inconsistent with S.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct For Legal Practitioners 2007.
“Instead of gathering your facts and evidence before a court of competent jurisdiction for adjudication, you have cleverly resorted to blackmail and intimidation of our client through the media-both traditional and social media.
“In short, you have threatened and indeed executed your threat of conjuring, manufacturing and synthesizing bogus and unverifiable exhibits in the social media and newspapers, all with a view to poison public opinion against our client and reduce his esteem and reputation in the eye of any reasonable man.
“Your attitude is also to ambush a fair trial while litigation is anticipated. This is contrary to S.33 of the Rules of Professional Conduct For Legal Practitioners 2007.
“In the Punch newspapers of Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Vol. 41 No 21,388 page 10, you were quoted in an interview threatening to “release more bullets.”
“You said your client under your supervision will be organizing a world press conference and “we will begin to release bullets.”
“Furthermore, you grossly and recklessly maligned our client, saying, “these men of God are not what they claim to be, we have a duty to protect the public.
“Many of them are fake and fraudsters. You will see the video very soon in the next few minutes.” True to your threat of trial publicity stunts, the video clips have flooded the social media networks.
We believe your conduct is inconsistent with the virtues and rules of conduct of the legal profession. It smacks of indiscipline and disdain for the judicial process.
“Therefore, we demand a retraction of all your press statements and an apology to be published in the major social media networks and Punch newspapers.
“Also, we demand a compensation of One Billion Naira for all the injuries inflicted on our client. We expect you to meet our demands within seven days from the date above written
“TAKE NOTICE that we shall drag you before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee for infamous conduct, if you fail to so do,” Osa signed off.