Dr. Daniel Olukoya
Blogger Gets Perpetual Injunction For ‘Defaming’ Olukoya, MFM
A blogger, Maureen Badejo, has been perpetually restrained by a London High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) from publishing further defamatory words against or concerning Dr. Daniel Olukoya, his family and the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM).
The court presided over by Justice Master Gary Thornett, also ordered Badejo to pay the legal costs incurred by the Olukoyas in the suit.
The judge also ruled that further court session(s) would be held to determine the actual cost to be awarded to Dr Olukoya, his family and the Church.
The hearing, which began at 10:30am on Tuesday, April 13, finished at about 1:05pm, the Nationonline reports
The claimants had instituted the suit with several claims, which are no fewer than 52, allegedly made against them by Badejo and her GIO TV on YouTube and Facebook.
Olukoya and others were represented by Mrs, Nath Director and Solicitor of Nath Solicitors London Boutique firm specialising in defamation and by Mr Jonathan Price of Doughty Street Chambers.
In her counter-claim Badejo demandes monies allegedly lost by her from the shutting down of some of her broadcasts by You-Tube and Facebook sequel to complaints from Dr. Olukoya’s lawyers.
But, dismissing her claim, Master Thornet described it as a “frivolous”, and an abuse of process.
He held: “…it is overwhelmingly clear that the nature of this defamation is severe and serious…..and that the number of publications are considerable”.
Responding to the ruling Dr Olukoya, his family and the Church said in a statement: “These victories are a tribute to the Lord our God who would never permit evil to triumph over righteousness.”
Tuesday’s decision makes it the second time Badejo would receive knocks from the justice system for defaming the Olukoyas and the Church.
On February 9, 2021, an Abeokuta High Court awarded N250million each to the Olukoyas and MFM (making a total N500 million) as aggravated and exemplary damages for libel committed against them by Badejo.
The court also ordered Badejo to immediately pull down and erase each of the offending online publications/posts concerning the claimants from the internet.