Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar, has been warned to desist from making defamatory statements against founder and senior pastor of the Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman. For quite some weeks now, the Kogi State born thespian has been attacking the personality of the popular cleric alleging his involvement in a romantic relationship with her.
The consistent attacks by Halima, which have pitched her against some of her colleagues in the film making industry who felt her statements were borne out of a sense of frustration and sheer attempt at blackmailing, has caught the attention of Apostle Suleman who did not only deny the allegation but also caused his legal counsel to write the actress to stop the attacks forthwith.
In a letter titled ‘Defamatory Statements Concerning Apostle Johnson Suleman; Notice to Cease and Desist’, dated 28th September 2022, Apostle Suleman cautioned Halima Abubakar to discontinue her attacks on his personality or risk being dragged before the court of law.
“Dear Ms Halima Abubakar,
Our client is an Apostle and Senior Pastor of the Omega Fire and Miracle Ministry International, with branches in all states of Nigeria and several countries of the world. By virtue of his Apostolic calling and reach he has several millions of followers who look up to him and his ministry for spiritual guidance and direction,” writes Ephesis Lex, a legal firm representing Apostle Suleman’s interests.
Further, the letter reads; “it is our brief that you caused to be published malicious, defamatory and demeaning statements about our client in several micro-blog sites, chiefly Gistlover, and your Instagram handle @halimabubakar, which have wider reach within Nigeria and the world.
The statements, with their imputations, include the following;
“Shan, you said you don’t think I am smart? lol ask sule. At your big age Am glad gistlover sent dat list. Thank you gistlover for calling me out. I for dey lie and lie for sule. Never. God bless you gistlover. But your list small for real! Johnson try me.”
“But don’t worry about me. But you can hold Johnson Suleman responsible just in case. You can’t do anything though. Nigerians be aware. If anything happens Johnson is you.”
A source at the OFM headquarters told this medium that Apostle Suleman may consider slamming the actress with a N1bn (one billion naira) suit should she fail to stop attacking him within 72 hours from the date of the letter.