10 March 2017
The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman has given Lagos-based Lawyer, Festus Keyamo, seven days to retract all defamatory allegations made against him.
Apostle Suleiman also demanded apology and N1billion damage from Keyamo for defaming him, threatening to drag him to the National Bar Association Disciplinary Committee if he (Keyamo) fails.
Recall that Keyamo had in a petition to the Cleric and the Inspector General of Police alleged that the Man of God had an amorous relationship with his client, Miss Stephanie Otobo, demanding N500 million.
However, the church and the father of the lady had defended the cleric, calling Keyamo and Miss Stephanie serial blackmailers.
In a letter written by Apostle Suleiman through his counsel, Osa Director, to Festus Keyamo, the cleric accused Keyamo of tarnishing his image and convicted him in a media trial.
The Letter titled: ‘Allegation of Professional Misconduct and Unethical Practices’, was dated 7th March, 2017.
It reads: “Sequel to our letter to you dated 6th March, 2017 we have observed with shock and dismay your deliberate and relentless efforts to malign and convict our client through media trial.
“By your relentless media campaign, you are conducting yourself in a manner inconsistent with S.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct For Legal Practitioners 2007. Instead of gathering your facts and evidence before a court of competent jurisdiction for adjudication you have cleverly resorted to blackmail and intimidation of our client through the media-both traditional and social media.
“In short, you have threatened and indeed executed your threat of conjuring, manufacturing and synthesizing bogus and unverifiable exhibits in the social media and newspapers, all with a view to poison public opinion against our client and reduce his esteem and reputation in the eye of any reasonable man.
“Your attitude is also to ambush a fair trial while litigation is anticipated. This is contrary to S.33 of the Rules of Professional Conduct For Legal Practitioners 2007.
“In the Punch newspapers of Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Vol. 41 No 21,388 page 10, you were quoted in an interview threatening to “release more bullets.” You said your client under your supervision will be organizing a world press conference and “we will begin to release bullets.”
“Furthermore, you grossly and recklessly maligned our client, saying, “these men of God are not what they claim to be, we have a duty to protect the public. Many of them are fake and fraudsters. You will see the video very soon in the next few minutes.” True to your threat of trial publicity stunts, the video clips have flooded the socialmedia networks.
“We believe your conduct is inconsistent with the virtues and rules of conduct of the legal profession. It smacks of indiscipline and disdain for the judicial process.
“Therefore, we demand a retraction of all your press statements and an apology to be published in the major social media networks and Punch newspapers.
“Also, we demand a compensation of One Billion Naira for all the injuries inflicted on our client. We expect you to meet our demands within seven days from the date above written.
“TAKE NOTICE that we shall drag you before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee for infamous conduct, if you fail to do so. ENDS…”