- Prophet Emmanuel Omale has made good his threat to file a court case against the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
- A report by NAN had alleged the cleric bought a landed property worth N573 million in Dubai on behalf of Ibrahim Magu
- In a writ of summons filed by his lawyer, Prophet Omale is claiming the sum of N1billion against the defendants
Prophet Emmanuel Omale has made good his threat to file a court case against the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and a reporter with the organisation.
A report by NAN had alleged the cleric bought a landed property worth N573 million in Dubai on behalf of the suspended Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, Ibrahim Magu.
In a writ of summons filed by his lawyer, Prophet Omale said he has been damnified and claims jointly and severally against the defendants the sum of N1billion.
He stated that the publication was falsely and maliciously published by the defendants to bring to disrepute his public and private life.
He also prayed that the court issue an order compelling the defendants to publish a public apology specifically and wholly retracting the said libellous article in any three daily newspapers having nation-wide circulation in Nigeria and accessible to the public on the internet.
It continued: “An order of injunction restraining the defendants, their servants or agents from further publishing or causing to be published the said words complained of or any other words, having such defamatory effect on the claimant.”
The claimant also said the defendants knew as a fact that the publication is false and bereft of any iota of truth.
“There is no report whatsoever linking or indicting the claimant of the crime of money laundering, aiding or abetting Mr Ibrahim Magu or any other person whatsoever with money laundering or the commission of any crime whatsoever.
“There are no petitions in which the name of the claimant was referred to with respect to any allegations of criminality against Mr Ibrahim Magu, or at all,” the document posited.
Prophet Omale, who is the General Overseer of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries International, Abuja, requested NAN to “retract the publication which had severely injured his reputation, character and calling.”
The cleric, however, said that he does not own a foreign bank account as indicated in the report.
He stated that he only visited Magu in a hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sometime in March 2020.
Magu is currently being interrogated by a panel headed by Ayo Salami, former president of the appeal court, over allegations of corruption and insubordination levelled against him.
The allegations were made by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum has condemned the recent media attacks on Prophet Omale.
The forum described as blackmail the recent articles circulated over the media about Omale, saying it was an attempt to discredit the cleric.