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The legal battle for Omoni Obili's "Okafor’s Law" theft case has begun!

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered advance service of court processes in a suit against Nollywood actress/producer, Omoni Oboli, over copyright infringement on the movie “Okafor’s Law,” on other parties to the suit.

Justice Ibrahim Buba ordered that copies of processes be served on counsel to other defendants by email, so as to ensure that the justice of the case is achieved in good time.

It would be recalled that Justice Buba had on March 24, granted an interim order, stopping the premiere of “Okafor’s Law” scheduled to hold on the evening of same day. The ex-parte order, halted the planned premiere of “Okafor’s Law” at the IMAX Cinema in Lagos.
The order also restrains the release of the film scheduled for March 31.
The judge issued the orders, following an ex-parte motion by a firm, Raconteur Production Ltd, on behalf of a Canada based script writer, Mr Jude Idada, seeking same reliefs. 
Defendants in the suit are Dioni Visions Entertainment Ltd, Omoni Oboli, and The Filmone Ltd. The court had issued the orders, suspending the release and launch of the film, in any movie theatre or cinema house on March 31, pending the determination of a motion on notice before the court. 
Idada lays claim to the film “Okafor’s Law” as his intellectual property and had accused Oboli of copyright infringement. He added that she had stolen his story idea for the movie in September 2016, adding that Oboli took the work he had done regarding “Okafor’s Law,” and developed it without giving him due credit.

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