Former president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Charles Oputa (popularly known as Charly Boy), on Tuesday, filed a N1 billion suit at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, against the National Mirror Newspaper over homosexuality and cultism allegations.
Three weeks ago, the National Mirror and another newspaper, the Daily Independent, published a story where they alleged that Mr. Oputa confessed to being the leader of the Illuminati secret society in Nigeria.
The story also claimed that Mr. Oputa confessed to being gay.
Mr. Oputa threatened to head to court if the newspapers failed to retract the stories.
The Daily Independent has since published an apology in its Friday, June 8, edition.
Ope Banwo, counsel to Mr. Oputa, said that although the National Mirror has written a lot of letters to them, they refused to issue an apology for the controversial publication.
“The second letter (to us) was much more of an insult to Charly Boy than an apology,” Mr. Banwo told journalists.
Mr. Oputa, who turned 61 on Tuesday, also gave a one week notice to the Daily Independent to publish an apology in three national newspapers or face similar suit.
“I have some very good gay people as friends; I have Okada people as friends. I don’t mind people speculating about me or writing their personal opinion.
“But not when they put words in my mouth that I have confessed,” Mr. Oputa said.