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Court stops Premiere of Nollywood Star, Omoni Oboli’s “Okafor’s Law”
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Court stops Premiere of Nollywood Star, Omoni Oboli’s “Okafor’s Law”

Nollywood actress and producer, Omoni Oboli, was disappointed as the the premiere of her highly anticipated movie “okafor’s law” was yesterday stopped by an order of the court.

This painful development is coming after accusations of copyright infringement were leveled against the mother of four by Canada-based Nigerian script-writer, Jude Idada in September last year. However, Omoni decided that there was no backing down as she went ahead to complete the movie and set dates for its cinema and worldwide release. This did not sit well with Jude Idada’s team, who then sued the actress for copyright infringement and violation of trademark.
Despite the preparations put in place, it was announced to the already seated guests at the premiere that an injunction had been gotten to prevent the premiere of “Okafor’s Law” and also its release on March 31 with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants in the case, being Omoni Oboli, Dioni Visions and Filmone Distribution.

The court made the following orders:

“An order of interim injunction, restraining the first to third defendants, whether by themselves or their privies, from premiering the feature film “Okafor’s Law”, in Lagos or any part of Nigeria, pending the hearing of the motion on notice.

“An order of interim injunction, restraining the defendant from releasing the featured film in any movie theatre or Cinema house on March 31, pending the hearing of the motion on notice.

“An order of interim injunction, restraining the defendants from distributing the featured film, pending the determination of the motion on notice.

“An Anton piller order is granted to the plaintiff, to enter into the defendant’s premises, Cinema, Studio and other places of dissemination, to seize all copies of infringing materials relating to subject matter.

“An order, directing the defendants to deliver and surrender to the plaintiff’s solicitors, all products and packages with the inscription, “Okafor’s Law” and volume of transaction or trade which have been done by defendants.

“An order directing the defendants to permit the court’s bailiff, and such other persons not exceeding four (4), to enter the premises on any working day of Monday to Saturday at 8am to 8pm, to remove all products or packages with the name “Okafor’s Law”

“An order for a search to be conducted at Viva Heights Odudu Eleyiwo St, Block 15, plot 17 Oniru Victoria Island, and Plot 1378D Joseph Namah close, off Karimu Kotun St, Victoria Island and all other places where Okafor’s Law is stored and sold

“An order declaring that a failure of defendants to comply with the court’s order, will put the plaintiff at liberty to apply for committal to prison of such person,”

Talking to her guests at the event, the dazed actress expressed gratitude at the support shown to her and she also insisted that she wrote the film from the beginning to the end.

She said, “I’m so honoured that you’re all here today, thank you so much. Thank you for honoring me, thank you for your support over the years. Thank you for always being there when I call. It means so much to me, and I don’t take it for granted. “I was really looking forward to showing you the movie tonight. The movie screened at Toronto International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival and in America, but all that is nothing if Nigerian people don’t see it. “Unfortunately, we can’t show the film tonight. At 5 pm, we got an injunction from the court not to show this film. I’m sure some of you heard some allegation some time ago, but,my story, my script, my movie, was written 100% by me. You can take that to the bank”.

The event which was well attended by Nollywood stars like Ik Ogbonna, Chioma Chukwuka, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Ini Edo amongst others still went on as planned despite the no-show of the movie. The actress and her guests still had so much fun.  The court has since fixed March 29 for hearing of the motion on notice.

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