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Alleged defamation: Chief Ogundokun sues Oluwo Akanbi for N1 Billion

Elder statesman and eminent Nigerian, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun has
sued the Oluwo of Iwo land in Osun State (South West Nigeria), Oba
Abdulrasheed Adewale  Akanbi (Telu 1) for N1 Billion (One Billion
Naira) for defamation.

According to the suit No; HOS/6/2018 filed before the Osun State High
Court of Justice, Osogbo Judicial Division dated January 8, 2018 and
made available to our correspondent in Osogbo,  Ogundokun, a former
National Publicity Secretary of the defunct National Party of Nigeria
(NPN) under the regime of PresidentShehuShagari and a former member of
the Constituent Assembly 1977 is suing the royal father for defamation
of character, malicious falsehood via cyber bullying and reputation
assassination.

The lawsuit filed by Olayinka Osokoya of O.A. Osokoya& Co, as the
counsel to Chief Abiola Ogundokun on Monday, 8th of January 2018 has
since been served on the royal monarch.

In the suit, Ogundokun is demanding for One billion Naira only, being
aggravated and exemplary damages from the defendant—Oba Akanbi for
malicious defamation of his person, reputation and character across
the world as a result of the several insulting and public comments
made against him by the Oluwo of Iwo, via cyber bullying on several
online mediums including YouTube, Whatsapp, Facebook, and Newspapers.

Ogundokun is equally asking among other possessions, an order for the
written retraction of several false allegations made against his
person by the Oluwo in public and private spaces eg, via YouTube,
Internet and other e-platforms, with a public apology made in not less
than 4 Nigerian newspapers.

The former Chairman, Election Tactical Committee of People’s
Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State is also asking the court of law
to restrain the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi and his
agents from further defaming or maligning his person, reputation and
character in whatever form, either by social media, television,
newspapers, magazines, radio, blogs, YouTube, and all other electronic
platforms, or online medium in whatever form.

The plaintiff is equally asking for the sum of N5,000,000,00  (Five
Million Naira only) as cost of legal action.

Chief Ogundokun is also asking the court of law to defray the
impresssion created by the Defendant that:

He stole Roasted Yam while in Modern School as purported by Oba Akanbi
in one of his YouTube videos

That Chief Ogundokun was responsible for the annulment of June 12,
1993 Presidential Election won by his bosom friend, late Basorun MKO
Abiola. The Oluwo claimed Ogundokun in conjunction with the military
establishment annulled the election.
That Ogundokun thwarted MKO Abiola’s dream of becoming President of Nigeria

That Ogundokun was equally the one who scuttled the dream/chance of
one Barrister EniolaAtanda an Iwo indigene from becoming the first
civilian Governor of Osun State

That Ogundokun purchased a stolen vehicle and sold same to Atanda
thereby rendering Atanda’s pedigree obsolete.

That Ogundokun was equally the one who ruined the success of
ProfessorWole Soyinka during the time he was managing the Federal Road
SafetyCommission (FRSC)
That Ogundokun is not just a criminal but a dubious person who had
twarted the chances of the Yoruba Nation for his own selfish interest

That Ogundokun is a dishonest and dishonourable person that cannot be
trusted at any level

That Ogundokun is a man of dubious character, an evil genius or a
devil incarnate who derives pleasure in sending people to jail.



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Re: Alleged defamation: Chief Ogundokun sues Oluwo Akanbi for N1 Billion
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2018, 06:31:26 AM »
The 83 pages document backed with statements on oaths reads in part
that: The plaintiff is a prominent Iwo Indigene, Politician, Elder
Statesman, High Chief, Philanthropist, Publisher and well respected
community leader of Iwo, Osun State of Nigeria, residing at Ogundokun
residence, Ibajedewa lodge, Oloola’s compound, Iwo, Osun State of
Nigeria while the defendant is the Oluwo of Iwo and resides at Oluwo’s
Palace, Iwo, Osun State of Nigeria.

The plaintiff has contributed greatly to the development and growth of
Iwo and its environs (Comprising of all the three Local Government
Areas in Iwo land i.e, Iwo, Ayedire and Ola-Oluwa Local Governments)

The plaintiff is also a member of the board of trustees of Iwo Central
Mosque, a registered body with the Corporate Affairs Commission
(Attached with a Copy of certificate of registration signed by one
Bello Mahmud with AbiolaOgundokun’s name as 4th trustee)

The plaintiff also avers that he was equally appointed as a member of
Iwo Boardof Trustees by a letter with Ref. No: ITC/R/APP/003. (Copy
attached)
The plaintiff hereby pleads and shall rely on the said letter as well
as a series of letters of awards and recognition for all his
contribution to the development of Iwo land, Osun State (Series of
documents attached for confirmation

The plaintiff avers that because of his contribution to the
development and growth of Islam in Iwo land, the Islamic clerics from
the three Local Government Areas in Iwo land under the headship of the
Chief Imam of Iwo, confered on him the Chieftaincy title of Basorun
Musulumi of Iwo land sometimes in Year 2000 and he was subsequently
turbaned as such by the Chief Imam of Iwo. The plaintiff shall, at the
trial of this suit, rely on the certificate issued in his favor when
the said chieftaincy title was conferred on him (Copies of letters
signed by Sheikh Alhaji Imran Asiru, Chief Imam of Iwo Land/Chairman,
league of Imams and Alfas in Iwo land and his Secretary, Muhamed
Tajudeen Olowe, dated 8th October & 28th October, 1999 and
confirmation certificate attached)
The plaintiff avers that as a result of his immense and unprecedented
contributions towards the sustainable growth and development of Osun
State and Nigeria as a whole, he has received several awards and
recognition in and outside the state of Osun which includes:
The Otun Balogun of Iwo land, Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land, Jagun of
Ajagunlaase, Areago of Iwo Oke land, Seriki of Iba land, Apesin of
Erin Osun and, The jagunpote of The Source, Diamond Award by the
African Communication National Development.Merit Award for Political
Development of Nigeria in Security Seminars conferred on him by the
Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in 1996;Distinguished
Achievers’ Award conferred on him in 2005 by the Nigerian Youth
Organization, Nigerian Leadership and Role Model Award in 2008, Award
of Integrity and Anti-Corruption in 2009 and many others
The plaintiff avers that he is a member of several International
organizations such as: The International chains of Industrial and
Technical Advertising Agencies, (ICTA), Member, Advertising club of
New York, Member, Industrial Advertising Incorporated, Member of the
Association of Advertising Practitioners in Nigeria to mention but a
few.
The plaintiff avers that he has worked with several media and
publishing firms in and outside Nigeria which has earned him a global
image and recognition
The plaintiff avers that as a journalist, he has worked in various
places and in different capacities to wit: Nigeria Broadcasting
Corporation (NBC), as a correspondent under the Editorship of Alhaji
Ayo Fagbo, he was Co-Presenter of Hello fans of OGUN and OGUN “Eko
Participant”, Assistant Editor of People’s Star Press, Divisional
Correspondent and Commercial representative of the defunct Sketch and
New Nigerian Newspapers in the whole of the then Western Region of
Nigeria, Director of Daily Times of Nigeria, Chairman, Niger-Park, a
subsidiary of Daily Times of Nigeria, Divisional Correspondent,
defunct Sketch publishing for Old Osun Division now Osun State, News
Translator, Reporter and Broadcaster of the Western Nigeria
Broadcasting and Television Services, (the very first Television in
Nigeria)

The plaintiff avers that he established in the media outfit “States
Mirror”, a monthly magazine and later established “Conscience
International Magazine” currently circulating worldwide.


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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2018, 06:31:26 AM »

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Re: Alleged defamation: Chief Ogundokun sues Oluwo Akanbi for N1 Billion
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 06:32:52 AM »
The plaintiff avers that as a young politician, he contested and won
the Councillorship of Election and was sworn in as Councilor under the
old Iwo Local Government Area and as a philanthropist, he donated his
salaries and allowances to the Iwo Community to enhance the growth and
development of Iwo town

The plaintiff avers that due to his kindness to the masses and
philanthropy, he was massively voted into the Constituent Assembly of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1977
The plaintiff avers that in 1994, he was also a member of the
Constitutional Conference.

The plaintiff states further that in 1995/1996 he was also a member of
the Constitutional Review Panel

The plaintiff avers that in the year 1996, he was made the chairman of
the National Reconciliation Committee of the 250 Eminent Yoruba
Leaders Forum where he led a presentation on a United Nations fact
finding mission to Nigeria in Ile-Ife

The Plaintiff avers that the Defendant was appointed as the Oluwo of
Iwo sometimes in the year 2015.

The plaintiff further avers that because of his love for Iwo Town, he
gave the Defendant his support both morally and financially towards
his post-coronation as the Oluwo of Iwo.

The plaintiff further avers that he stood by the Defendant throughout
his trying moments and during his problem with the Oluwo-Oke of
Iwo-Oke which culminated in a quasi-criminal charge brought against
him by the Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke

The plaintiff avers that he personally took the Defendant to Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo (A former Nigerian Head of State & Elder Statesman)
when it became apparent that the Defendant might be sent to jail for
contempt of court

The plaintiff avers that save for his intervention through Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo, Oluwo-Oke would not have withdrawn the case against
the Defendant.

The plaintiff avers that, however, the Defendant has been behaving
strangely after an honest advice rendered to him by the plaintiff, not
to extort money from several persons jostling for Chieftaincy titles
but from those he would confer with such Chieftaincy titles.

The Plaintiff avers that this piece of advice did not go down well
with the Defendant as he subsequently and purportedly announced that
he has been stripped and/or removed from all the chieftaincy titles in
Iwo land, including the Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land

The plaintiff avers that upon becoming aware of his purported removal,
he instituted an action at the High Court of Justice, Osogbo
challenging the action of the Defendant.

The plaintiff states further that he equally filed a motion on notice
for interlocutory injunction restraining the Defendant, his servants,
agents or privies from appointing, installing and/or turbaning another
person as BasorunMusulumi of Iwo land pending the determination of the
suit and same was granted by the court.

The plaintiff hereby pleads and shall rely on the processes filed in
the suit as well as the Certified True Copy of the Enrolment of Order.

The plaintiff avers that the defendant did not just stop at
threatening to strip him of his chieftaincy titles but called several
people including Iwo chiefs to the palace where he said series of
uncomplimentary and defamatory things against the plaintiff which the
defendant recorded in a video and uploaded on the internet (Plaintiff
attached series of online sources/platforms where defendant deformed
his character & maligned his reputation)

The plaintiff avers that the video (s) has gone viral. That he
(Plaintiff) will lead evidence at the trial of this action through
living witnesses who reside within and outside Osun State to show the
far reaching negative effects of the libelous publication, which is
the subject of this action and the monumental damage it has unleashed
on the plaintiff in all its ramifications, including the odium,
contempt and ridicule brought upon him as an astute politician, elder
statesman, High Chief, Philanthropist, Publisher and well respected
community leader, and business executive which cut across state
boundaries.

The Plaintiff avers that his friends and admirers from all over
Nigeria and beyond have made contacts with him expressing
disappointment over the malicious defamation of the plaintiff’s
reputation by the defendant.

The Defendant knew or must be taking to know that the plaintiff could
not have done all the Defendant claimed he did.

The Defendant has threatened to continue to spread defamatory
publication against the plaintiff and unless restrained, he would
carry out his threats. (Plaintiff provides a translated copy of series
of defamatory interviews/comments/chats where Defendant ridicules and
destroyed reputation of plaintiff).

Ironically, Chief Ogundokun filed his charges against the Oluwo
exactly a year after Oluwo gave him the Oba Nla of Iwo land title (The
highest title in Iwo land) which is equally a subject of contest in
the new case.  Ogundokun was announced the Oba Nla of Iwo land in a
letter signed by the Oluwo on January 8, 2017.

Ogundokun’s new battle with the Iwo monarch is equally coming two
months after several eminent members of the Iwo Board of Trustee
(IBOT) resigned their appointment over what they termed ‘Overbearing
attitude’ of the monarch.

The litigation is full of drama and suspense as several of the Oluwo’s
YouTube remarks/interviews/jester and other actions against his
subject, Chief Abiola Ogundokun were translated & transcribed by Dr.
J. A.Ogunwale, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistic and
African Languages, ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU).?



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