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Court Orders Seizure Of Omoni Oboli’s Movie, Okafor’s Law

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By Ganiyat Ganiyu

Sequel to the failed screening of Omoni Oboli’s latest movie, Okafor’s law due to copyright infringement, Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the immediate seizure of the movie.

The movie written/produced and directed by Omoni Oboli was supposed to premiere last week Friday and hit the cinemas this week Friday.

The court has however suspended the release and launch of the film, pending the determination of a motion on notice before the court.

The judge ordered the seizure of all copies, materials, projections or infringing materials, relating to the subject matter. T

he orders followed an ex parte application filed by a company, Rancoteur Productions Ltd, on behalf of a Canada based script writer, Jude Idada.

Idada lays claim to the film “Okafor’s Law” as his intellectual property. The plaintiff had filed the suit through Anthony Idigbe, seeking an order, halting the premiere and release of the said “Okafor’s Law”, pending the determination of a copyright infringement suit filed against Oboli.

The court thereafter, fixed March 29 for hearing of the motion on notice.

Idada had accused Oboli of copyright infringement on the “Okafor’s Law” movie, adding that she had stolen his story idea for the movie in September 2016.

He alleged that Oboli took the work he had done regarding “Okafor’s Law”, and developed without giving him credit.

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