Miracle Money: YouTuber, Israel Balogun sues apostle Suleman, seeks N500 million for illegal detention

Miracle Money: YouTuber, Israel Balogun sues apostle Suleman, seeks N500 million for illegal detention

Israel Balogun, a Nigerian YouTuber, filed a lawsuit against Omega Fire Ministries founder Apostle Johnson Suleman for his arrest and illegal detention, according to SaharaReporters.

Balogun, which manages the Wholeness Africa Initiatives channel, was invited and subsequently detained by letter dated 11 August 2021, with reference no. CR: 3000 / × / FHQ / SEB / ABJ // T3 / VOL.3, signed by ACP YY Abubakar of the Special Inquiry Bureau, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Area 10, Abuja.

He was accused of criticizing Pastor Johnson Suleman for the cleric’s claims that he had commanded angels to send and deposit miraculous money into the bank accounts of some faithful.

In one of his videos, Balogun analyzed and condemned a video of two of the church’s programs, one in Atlanta, United States, titled “Impact 2021” which was held in July and a June 2021 program, Holy Ghost Conference 2021. held in Auchi, Edo state, Nigeria, labeled “Miraculous Money Harvest”.

The assistant to the police commissioner in charge of the FCIID special investigation office joined the cause,

ACP YY Abubakar; Deputy Inspector General of Police FCIID, Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali and Police Force of Nigeria.

In a fundamental rights enforcement case marked FHC / ABJ / CS / 1390/2021 filed by human rights lawyer and YouTuber advisor, Inibehe Effiong, which was obtained by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, Balogun asks the court to convict the pastor to pay him N500 million as compensation for his detention and violation of fundamental rights.

Inibehe also asked the court for a statement that the arrest and detention of his client by the 2nd-5th defendant at the instigation of the 1st defendant, from 10:00 on 11 August 2021, to approximately 18:30 on August 12, 2021, without being charged to the judge for a known crime, is unreasonable, unjustifiable, illegal, unconstitutional and violates the fundamental rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement guaranteed by Articles 35 and 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (and subsequent amendments) and articles 6 and 12 of the law on the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights (ratification and application) Chap. A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Other findings sought in the lawsuit include:

“A STATEMENT that the plaintiff’s subjecting to harassment, intimidation, mental torture and detention in a horrible and congested cell without adequate ventilation from the 2nd to the 5th defendant at the instigation of the 1st defendant, from 11 to 12 August 2021 , is inhumane, degrading, unjustifiable, illegal, unconstitutional and a violation of the applicant’s fundamental right to the dignity of the human person as guaranteed by Article 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and by Article 5 of African law Law on the Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights (ratification and application) Chap. A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“A DECLARATION that the arrest, detention, intimidation and dehumanization of the applicant by the 2nd and 5th defendants at the instigation of the 1st defendant, for having disavowed the false, hypocritical and unfounded claims of the 1st defendant that, as a result of his command, angels mysteriously deposited Miracle Money in the pockets of the faithful and also credited to the bank accounts of the faithful with Miracle Money Alerts, is unjustifiable, unreasonable, arbitrary, uncivilized, illegal, unconstitutional and constitutes a violation of the fundamental right of the requesting freedom of expression as guaranteed by Section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and by Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement), Chap. A9 LFN 2004.

“AN ORDER of this Honorable Court which orders and obliges the defendants, jointly and severally, to publish an unreserved written apology against the applicant in the newspapers Punch and The Nation for violation of the applicant’s fundamental rights to the dignity of the human person, to personal freedom , freedom of expression and freedom of movement.

“A perpetual injunction order which prevents Defendants, jointly and individually, by themselves, by their agents, employees, agents, investigators, investigating officers in whatever way or by whatever name they may call, from further interfering with the plaintiff’s fundamental rights in any way.”

No date has been set for the hearing of the lawsuit.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*