- Prophet Emmanuel Omale has slammed a N1 billion lawsuit against a Nigerian news agency
- The general overseer is suing the news agency over a report that Ibrahim Magu used him to launder re-looted funds
- Recall that the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) claimed that the embattled EFCC boss used a pastor to steal recovered loot
Prophet Emmanuel Omale of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries International, Abuja has reacted to allegations that the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu used him to launder re-looted funds.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng, the senior pastor has sued a news agency for N1 billion over a news report posted on Saturday, July 11.
The general overseer in a letter written by his lawyer, Chief Gordy Uche (SAN) described the report as malicious, derogatory, and libelous prompted by malice.
The letter reads in part: "Our client's attention has been drawn to the extremely malicious, derogatory and libelous publication with the caption – “HOW MAGU USED ‘PASTOR' TO LAUNDER RE-LOOTED FUNDS ABROAD - REPORT” by your Reporter, one Isamaila Chafe, posted on your website - www.nannews.ng on the 11th day of July 2020.
"We therefore, demand the immediate retraction of the libelous publication by way of an unequivocal APOLOGY to our client prominently published in at least three (3) National Newspapers not later than 7 (Seven) days from the date of your receipt of this letter and that you restrain from further defamation of our client forthwith otherwise, a libel suit against NAN will commence you, your Organization, claiming the sum of N1, 000,0000,000.00 (One Billion Naira) as exemplary, aggravated, general damages for defamation, and for injunction if you fail to comply."
Omale's counsel went on to note that the report is calculated to ridicule his client and cast a stain on his reputation as well as injure his religious calling as the general overseer.
According to him, Omale is the general overseer of the prayer ministry Magu attends and only visited the suspended EFCC boss in a Dubai hospital back in March 2020.
Uche also refuted claims that his client has laundered funds for Magu, adding that he does not own any foreign bank account.
In addition, Omale is demanding an immediate retraction of the publication and an apology published in at least 3 national newspapers.
This development is coming after the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) released a report that Magu used the senior pastor to purchase a property in Dubai with loot recovered in 2015.
Omale's name was said to have surfaced while the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) was carrying out its investigation. According to the NFIU's report, there was an illegal movement of funds to the tune of N573,228,040.41.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Wahab Shittu, a counsel to the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, on Friday, July 10, pleaded with the presidential investigation committee to grant his client bail.
Magu needed the bail because the print and electronic media had taken undue advantage of his detention to launch a campaign of calumny against him.
Shittu made six other demands including making the terms of reference of the committee available to Magu and giving him the opportunity to know the allegations against him.
He said witnesses were being called and examined by the committee behind Magu’s back and at the same time disallowing him and his counsel from participating in the proceedings involving such witnesses.
In a related development, the presidential panel investigating Magu has accused the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC of selling recovered real estate properties to friends.
The latest allegations which were contained in a report of the presidential committee on the audit of recovered assets taken over by EFCC officials.
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