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MFM Sues US-based Former Member, Funke Ashekun for Allegedly referring to the church as “Pharaoh’s church.”

MFM Sues US-based Former Member, Funke Ashekun for Allegedly referring to the church as "Pharaoh’s church."

MFM Sues US-based Former Member, Funke Ashekun for Allegedly referring to the church as “Pharaoh’s church.”

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The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) has filed a lawsuit against a United States-based Nigerian social media influencer, YouTuber and a former member of the church, Mrs. Funke Ashekun over alleged defamatory programmes against the ministry and its General Overseer, Dr. D. K. Olukoya.

The lawsuit was filed at Baltimore County Circuit Court by one Adekunle Adekola, who is a pastor at an MFM branch in the US.

According to a document, the hearing of the lawsuit will begin today (Monday), January 22, 2024.

Ashekun, who is based in Maryland, USA, had on her Facebook page and YouTube accused an unidentified pastor whom she described as ‘Pharoah’ of sexually molesting ladies. She called the church “Pharaoh’s church.”

However, the Plaintiff, Adekunle Adekola, through his attorney, Kent L. Greenberg filed a complaint for defamation, accusing Ashekun of spreading misinformation, lies and accusations against the church and its leadership.

Part of the preliminary statement reads, “Beginning in August 2021, Defendant began using multiple social media platforms, primarily YouTube and Facebook to spread misinformation, lies and accusations against the Church and its leadership.

“On or about January 4, 2022, Defendant created a Facebook page called, “Moment of Truth” where she posts near-weekly videos where she constantly defames the Church and its leadership.”

During a deposition hearing, the Church claimed that the book published by Ashekun titled ‘The Mafia Church Leader’ is about Olukoya.

Meanwhile, Ashekun in a video on her YouTube page said MFM and three of its US-based pastors sued her and accused her of defaming their General Overseer.

She explained that the Church earlier initiated two lawsuits bearing the same allegations just to make her keep paying lawyers. She noted that it was her former lawyer who asked the court to merge the two lawsuits into one, which the court agreed to.

Ashekun asserted that MFM intended to drain her financially.

She said: “I am now able to confirm to you and to formally do so now that I, Funke Ashekun, have been sued by a church in America. I want you to know I’ve been sued by a church in America. I’m also able to confirm that the name of the church that has taken me to court in America is Mountain of Fire Miracles and Ministries, America.

“I am also able to confirm to you that I don’t know them, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Imagine, people that I don’t know are suing me. What an Irony!

“The first one is Adekunle Adekola. He’s a pastor in Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, Rockville, Maryland. The second person is Kunle Ladipo. He is also a pastor at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, Bowie, Maryland. And the third person is a woman, I am surprised. She is Grace Ugeh. She is also a pastor in Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries in California; one of their branches.

“Somebody even came from California to sue me in Maryland. These are people I don’t know. I have never been to their church here in America since we relocated. I saw two of them in court recently. But I don’t think I will still recognize them if I meet two of them on the way. I am surprised how a woman will come after me for speaking against sexual assault on women.

“I am talking about the Pharaohs of our country. People that are supposed to be men of God; that people call men of God and reverence. I am talking about things going on in our churches, that sexual abuses are going on in our churches. Women are becoming depressed. Some of them are becoming suicidal. They are being sexually molested seriously. And then a woman would come after me and take me to court for talking.

“I, also want to let you know that I, Olufunke Ashekun, am the respondent in this lawsuit in my personal capacity and to the exclusion of no other. These three people, they came after me. They came with two different lawsuits.

“One thing still shocks me, still baffles me that since I started this programme, I have never mentioned the name of any church. When I talk about Pharaohs destroying women, destroying men, torturing, oppressing, and sexually molesting women, and young girls, even in the toilet, in church, inside what is supposed to be a sanctuary of God. Since I’ve started, I’ve never mentioned any church doing that.

“I’ve never mentioned the name of any pastor or any General Overseer. I have been talking about Pharaohs. Pharaoh is a Biblical name. We all know Pharaoh to be an oppressor of God’s children. It is a satirical name that I formed for this programme to pass all my messages because we need to speak out. We can’t keep quiet and allow these people to go on in our society.

“I am bewildered. It is shocking that these three people that I mentioned their names, and MFM Church, America could sue me, that I am talking about their General Overseer. How on earth would you reduce your General Overseer, a man of God who is known globally, highly respected, highly honoured, somebody talking about deliverance, somebody preaching about holiness that people respect so much? How can you reduce him to the level of a Pharaoh? It is shocking.

“How can I be talking about pastors sexually molesting children, young girls, women, vulnerable women? How can I be talking about pastors, and even talk about the entertainment industry, even in the medical field?

“I’ve talked about so many Pharaohs. How can I be talking about people oppressing, making people cry in society, sexually assaulting women, deception, corruption, torture, terror and then you attach this to your General Overseer? It’s a shame. It is shocking. It is very ridiculous. Are you kidding me? Are you saying your General Overseer is guilty of all these things?

“Because I have been to many churches. I am talking about my experiences. By the grace of God, I am 53 years old. In my 53 years on earth, I’ve always been a Christian to the glory of God. I am talking about my experiences in the household of faith, about wolves that have come to destroy, to kill.

“Of all the churches that I have ever attended, you can come out and say, I am talking about your General Overseer. What a shame! How could you reduce your General Overseer, a supposed man of God? How could you reduce him to the level of a Pharaoh? Are you saying he is guilty of all I am talking about?

“There are churches I have spent more years than I even spent in your church. Yes, I was a member of your church.  But I have attended so many churches. I have been a church girl all my life. Why is Mountain of Fire Miracles and Ministry, taking me to court? Grace Ugeh, you as a woman. I am talking about women being abused in churches.”

“I am talking about women being fingered under the pretext of prayer and deliverance. Grace Ugeh, I am addressing you as a woman. I am talking about your gender being molested by criminals on our pulpits. And you dare to sue me?” she added.

“Because I have been to many churches. I am talking about my experiences. By the grace of God, I am 53 years old. In my 53 years mys on earth, I’ve always been a Christian to the glory of God. I am talking about my experiences in the household of faith, about wolves that have come to destroy, to kill.

“Of all the churches that I have ever attended, you can come out and say, I am talking about your General Overseer. What a shame! How could you reduce your General Overseer, a supposed man of God? How could you reduce him to the level of a Pharaoh? Are you saying he is guilty of all I am talking about?

“There are churches I have spent more years than I even spent in your church. Yes, I was a member of your church.  But I have attended so many churches. I have been a church girl all my life. Why is Mountain of Fire Miracles and Ministry, taking me to court? Grace Ugeh, you as a woman. I am talking about women being abused in churches.”

“I am talking about women being fingered under the pretext of prayer and deliverance. Grace Ugeh, I am addressing you as a woman. I am talking about your gender being molested by criminals on our pulpits. And you have the dare to” she added.

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