• Andy Hobson

"Witch Hunter" Suing Atheist Humanitarian for $50M USD

The Nigerian human rights advocate and atheist, Leo Igwe is being sued by Lady Apostle Helen Ukpabio, a Nigerian Christian fundamentalist and Biblical literalist for "defamation". Leo specializes in campaigning against and documenting the impacts of child witchcraft accusations while actively working on the front line of International Association of Atheist's fight for justice for Mubarak Bala. Fighting religious intolerance against atheists and also publicizing the egregious and in some cases terrifying acts carried out in the name of religion is Leo's passion.

Leo has written several articles referencing the founder and head of the African Evangelical franchise Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries based in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, including details of some of the things she has allegedly done, including but not limited to claiming that she can combat witchcraft, especially in children:

“In dealing with witchcraft possessed persons, the deliverance is conducted in a very easy and mild way that one may wonder if at all it will work. Of course it works so perfectly. The process of delivering witches is mild that she doesn’t even lay her hands on them yet all will be delivered. She can minister to one thousand witches at the same time and all will be delivered at the same time. This is a mystery………..If you are a witch, smile, get in contact with the woman of God for your deliverance – free of charge…”

- Helen Ukpabio

It must be noted that she has a history of legal action against her detractors, having filed lawsuits in the past with monetary sums totaling in the millions, even though the evidence of her outrageous behaviour is well documented.

This time it is Leo's turn to face her wrath after having written the following articles:

And having referenced other articles written about her:

Recently, Leo received the following letter:

As you can see from the letter and the articles listed above, it would appear that she always seems to place a high monetary value on her claims, calling into question her motives for running her organisation. The sum of 20 Billion Naira equates to approximately £41 Million or $51 Million. Not an insignificant sum, notwithstanding that she seeks to gain this money from organisations that work to improve the lives of everyday people all across the world.

This cannot be allowed to continue. We must fight against actions such as these in every forum, to shed light on the evil acts this woman carries out in the name of religion.

A point to note before I finish, if anyone should feel the need to try and defend her, please be aware of the following:

In 2014, Ukpabio brought a libel case against the British Humanist Association (BHA) and Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) seeking damages of ₦500, 000, 000 ($1,250,000). Ukpabio claims that the BHA misrepresented her by saying that she ascribed certain behaviours in children to Satanic possession when she in fact attributed them to possession by 'witchcraft spirits'.

The BHA described the case as libel tourism. After sending a mob to disrupt a meeting led by humanist Leo Igwe in 2009, she filed a suit for $1.3 million against the government for allowing the police to protect Igwe's group. The suit was promptly dismissed.

Ukpabio also used smears against other groups of her actions, notably the non-governmental organisation Stepping Stones Nigeria.

She has been prevented by the Home Office from entering Great Britain by revoking her visa after calls from campaigners in 2014 that she be banned from Britain on child protection grounds.

Helen Ukpabio simply cannot be allowed to continue down this path of destroying lives and torturing innocents for profit.

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