The Directorate of Citizens Rights of the Ministry of Justice in Ekiti State has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Damilola Adeparusi, popularly referred to as Chef Dammy against her pastor, Jeremiah Adegoke and the Ekiti State Police Command for alleged infringement of her rights.
Chef Dammy rose to fame after attempting a cook-a-thon challenge to break the Guinness World Record in June.
Jeremiah Adegoke, who is the head pastor of Spirit Word Global Mission reportedly sponsored, Chef Dammy while she was engaging in the cooking competition.
Shortly after, the chef disclosed that she has been living in constant fear for months now after she attempted to break a world record like Hilda Baci.
Dammy in her writeup raised an alarm over alleged relentless threats and intimidation from individuals whom she tagged “people of God” and her pastor.
She had alleged being threatened and bullied by Adegoke for months after her cook-a-thon.
However, Adegoke, in a letter signed by his lawyers, Bisayo Sule & Co Legal Practitioners, and dated October 23, 2023, demanded a retraction of the alleged defamatory statement on social media, an apology in two widely-read national dailies and payment of a N22 million for damages following Chef Dammy’s public outcry.
He gave Chef Dammy seven days to comply with the demands or risk being sued.
In another development on Thursday, November 23, 2023, Chef Dammy was reportedly arrested by the police following an alleged petition filed against her by Adegoke.
However, in a suit filed by DCR on November 24, Chef Dammy was named as the applicant while Adegoke and Ajewole Samuel, the State Commissioner of Police, and the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 17 Akure, were named respondents.
The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the continued harassment, molestation, threat of arrest, and intimidation by the pastor, and the Nigerian police, infringes on the applicant’s fundamental human rights
The DCR also included that they are seeking 10 million compensation for damages on behalf of the chef.