Falana petitions Anglican Church over alleged defamation, calls for N50 million


Human rights attorney, Femi Falana, has petitioned the Anglican Church on the Peninsula over an announcement by a church member describing the attorney as “deceitful” and “pretend,” and wonderful “chasing human rights donations.”

A reproduction of the petition made on hand to PREMIUM TIMES quoted one Uche Obiajulu announcing in the Men’s Fellowship Whatsapp platform of the Anglican Church on the Peninsula, Royal Backyard Property, Ajiwe, Ajah, on October 17 that “90% of the so-referred to as social critics including Falana are pretend and deceitful. It’s wonderful NGO human lawful (sic) donations they are chasing for.”

The church member alleged that Mr Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, demanded 50 per cent of “quiz promises” in a case between councillors in Anambra Teach and Governor Willie Obiano when the case was settled out of court docket.

He acknowledged from the “meagre cash” given to the councillors, Mr Falana “wished and mute 50% of it and calculated what he termed administrative fees, even threatened to streak to court docket.”

Mr Falana, by means of his attorney, Malachy Ugwummadu, acknowledged the social media submit against him is malicious and libelous.

The attorney demanded a retraction of the e-newsletter, an apology, as well to N50 million compensation.

“You realize or ought fairly to know that the thunder material of the acknowledged sage already published about our consumer is inaccurate but, you maliciously brought on same to be published with the only real goal of bringing our consumer to disrepute.

“By your e-newsletter, you falsely, maliciously, intentionally, unconscionably stated and was understood to mean that our consumer is faux and of dubious character for your quite loads of of phrases must you stated: “It’s wonderful NGO human lawful donations which can be chasing for.

“By your acknowledged e-newsletter you persevered for your falsehood insisting that our consumer fleeced the Anambra Teach Councilors when he demanded and mute 50% of settlement out of court docket blackmailing and threatened them with a court docket drag,” the petition partly reads.

Mr Falana’s attorney acknowledged the e-newsletter has “lowered his image in the eyes of the an limitless quite loads of of readers of the uncomfortable sage both on the church platform and different platforms where the sage was forwarded to within Nigeria and international.”

He added that the e-newsletter, which suggested that Mr Falana is dishonest, inaccurate, dishonourable, untrustworthy and rotten, will not be wonderful a “deliberately contrived falsehood but a antagonistic contraption” that exists in the writer’s creativeness.

“Because your acknowledged e-newsletter, our consumer has been gravely broken in his repute and standing as he has been bombarded with a deluge of cell phone calls, letters, messages, non-public calls of chums, family contributors, neatly-wishers demanding to establish the authenticity of the acknowledged e-newsletter,” the petition reads.

The attorney added that the commentary was published without a verifiable proof, investigation or listening to of Mr Falana’s aspect and demanded a written apology to be published in at least two everyday national newspapers including the Punch and Guardian Newspapers.

Femi Oladokun, the acting secretary of the church, confirmed the receipt of the petition to PREMIUM TIMES.

“We bought the letter, we dangle forwarded to the particular person named on the letter. We are looking out forward to him to react, in anyway he says we are going to certainly keep in touch to the chambers,” Mr Oladokun added.

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