Court orders actress Halima Abubakar to pay Apostle Suleman N10M over defamation

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A FCT High Court has issued a judgment against Nollywood actress Halima Abubakar over a defamation case filed by Apostle Johnson Suleman, the Senior Pastor of Omega Fire Ministries International.

The court ordered her to pay N10 million in damages to the clergyman. This ruling stemmed from derogatory comments Abubakar published about the cleric.

The court also issued a restraining order, preventing Abubakar from making further defamatory statements against Apostle Suleman.

The Certified True Copy of the judgment, dated April 8, 2024, highlighted that Abubakar had made libellous statements on her Instagram page (@halimabubakar). These statements were later published by various blogs and newspapers.


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Among the accusations made by Abubakar were claims that Apostle Suleman was a womaniser and involved in diabolical activities.

The cleric argued that these statements were false and malicious, damaging his reputation in the eyes of the public.

Justice Enobie Obanor, in delivering the judgment, noted that Abubakar had the opportunity to defend herself in court but failed to do so.

According to the process, Abubakar had said,

“Shan, you said you don’t think I am smart? lol, ask Sule. At your big age am glad Gistlover sent that list. Thank you gistlover for calling me out. I for dey lie and lie for Sule? Never. God bless you gistlover. But your list is small for real. Johnson try me.
“Supporting you on your lies won’t work again. Anyone who involves his/her self will be tagged a bloodsucker. All of you supporting nonsense. No be Sule again, why do they bleed? They know the truth.
“Johnson Suleman wake up and untie her!! you must untie her. You owe her two kids you evil man… Not even how is your health for 4 years… my sister must survive O!
“PIs, 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 you.
“You told her to wait for you to find out why! Knowing well what you did. Giving you space is not possible. How many women have you done this to? you said it yourself that you can’t solve it! why can’t you solve it? Then you disappeared. Not a word since! With all the calls, Tex’s, etc. Sule, she believed you. Nigerians this man is dangerous and a hazard to society from ppl like this.”

The judgment read:

“This issue is therefore resolved in favour of the claimant. Accordingly, judgment is entered in favour of the claimant as follows:
“A declaration that the statements published by the defendant against the claimant on her Instagram handle @halimabubakar, falsely and maliciously written and published to the general public, are defamatory of the person of the claimant.

”The sum of N10,000,000.00 only to the claimant as aggravated and exemplary damages for libel contained in the publication of the defendant against the claimant on her Instagram handle @Halimabubakar and caused to be published in several blogs.”

An order of this Honourable Court compelling the defendant to pay for the deleting of all links and reportage of the said defamatory comments on all platforms on the internet”


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