According to Punch, the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM) founder and the Incorporated Trustees of Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries have filed a libel suit against ThisDay for ₦500 billion.
In the suit filed on their behalf by their lawyer, Ime Nya Asanga of Ime Asanga & Company, the church cleric and his church claimed that the newspaper published a libelous story against them that caused them severe injury.
Hence, they want the court to order the newspaper “to pull down and erase the offending story from the Internet forthwith.”
MFM, in the suit marked PHC/2257/2018, filed before the Rivers State High Court on July 30, 2018, also want the court to order the defendant “to tender a written apology and a retraction published prominently on its website and for three consecutive days on the front page of ThisDay Newspaper and in at least three other nationally circulating newspapers and two international magazines, including TIME International.”
Apart from demanding ₦500b in damages from the newspaper, the claimants are seeking an order of perpetual injunction “restraining the defendant by itself, its agents, servants, privies or other persons howsoever called or described from further publishing and/or disseminating libelous stories and statements against the claimants.”