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Court Fines Halima for Defamatory Statements Against Apostle Suleman

In a recent ruling, the Federal Capital Territory High Court imposed a N10 million fine on actress Halima Abubakar as compensation for publishing derogatory remarks about Apostle Johnson Suleman, the Senior Pastor and General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International.

Furthermore, the court issued an injunction, prohibiting Abubakar from making any additional defamatory statements against Suleman.

Justice Enobie Obanor stated that Abubakar had the opportunity to defend herself during the proceedings but failed to do so.

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As part of the judgment, the judge also mandated that the actress publicly retract her defamatory statements by posting an apology on her Instagram handle—@Halimabubakar.

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Obanor said:

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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