Anglican knight issues apology to Falana over defamatory WhatsApp post

Femi Falana

A knight of St. Christopher Uchie Obiajulu has apologised to human rights lawyer Femi Falana for accusing him in a viral WhatsApp post of chasing donations through non-governmental organisations.

Obiajulu made the apology in a public statement which was also sent to the Anglican Communion on the Peninsular in Ajah, Lagos commonly referred to as ANCOPEN.

The knight, who is also chairman of Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineering, made the libellous post on ANCOPEN Men’s Fellowship Group WhatsApp platform on October 17, 2021 at 9.19am.

Mr Falana wrote him a pre-litigation letter, expressing displeasure over the post.

Responding, Obiajulu said, “I humbly tender an unreserved apology to you on the unverified street story about your handling of Anambra State councillors’ case which I made in the said publication and the comment… were said to be deceitful and untrustworthy.

“I hereby retract those comments entirely and define them as careless, untrue statements undeserving for a great legal luminary of international repute and influence of your type. Have mercy and find a place in your ever kind heart to forgive me.

“The said publication was not said in the context of seeking to damage your reputation but it was a long chat and argument about the state of affairs of Nigeria by a few brethren on the group platform. I regret every bit of it and beg you to find a place in your heart to forgive me.”