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Omoni Oboli Federal High Court reschedules hearing for "Okafor's Law" copyright infringement case

A Federal High Court in Ikoyi has rescheduled the hearing of the case between Raconteur Productions and Oboli, Dioni Visions and Filmone Distribution.

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Omoni Oboli and Chioma Chukwuka at the premiere of "Okafor's Law" play

Omoni Oboli and Chioma Chukwuka at the premiere of "Okafor's Law"

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On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, a Federal High Court in Ikoyi under Ibrahim Buba, rescheduled the hearing of the case between Raconteur Productions and Oboli, Dioni Visions and Filmone Distribution.

The hearing was rescheduled to Thursday, March 30, 2017, after Otudor, the lawyer representing the plaintiff, requested for more time (48 hours) to defend an unknown motion filed by the defendant, Augustine Alegeh (SAN).

Alegeh in turn requested that the hearing should take place before Friday, March 31, 2017, which is the scheduled release date of "Okafor's Law" in Nigeria.

Countering Alegah's plea, Otudor stated that she and her team would need 48 hours, and should the hearing take place on Friday, the defendant can still release their movie if they win the case.

The Judge however rejected Otudor's plea for a Friday hearing, stating his capability to hear and deliver a just verdict in the next 24 hours.

Chioma Onyewe play

Chioma Onyewe is the producer of "8 Bars and a Clef," and founder of Nolly Thursday

 

Dioni Visions was represented in court by Oluwatomi Adeoye as the production manager of the outfit, Filmone Distribution was represented by their legal Manager, Mr. Anthony Okwuosa, while Raconteur Productions was represented by Chioma Onyewe as the director. The Legal Officer for Filmone Tayo Fashesin was also present in court.

Omoni Oboli served injunction over "Okafor's Law" play

Omoni Oboli served injunction over "Okafor's Law"

On March 24, 2017, the premiere of "Okafor's Law" which was scheduled to premiere  at IMAX Cinema, Lekki Phase 1, was halted after Oboli, Dioni Visions and Filmone Distribution were served an injunction to stop the premiere and nationwide release of the movie.

The complaint was filed by Raconteur Productions. And, if the actress had proceeded with the premiere, she would have been guilty of contempt of court.

The complaint is related to the copyright infringement accusations leveled against Oboli in September 2016 by Canada-based writer, Jude Idada.

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