A Lagos Excessive Courtroom sitting on the Tafawa Balewa Sq. has ordered On-Air Persona (OAP) Toke Makinwa to pay her former lover, health entrepreneur Maje Ayida N1 million for defamation.
Within the go well with filed earlier than the courtroom, Maje Ayida had alleged that his estranged spouse is obsessive about social media and fame and had printed a e book, “On turning into” which she presupposed to be a biography of her life to date.
Within the e book, printed by Kachifo Ltd (joined as second defendant within the go well with) Ayida stated Makinwa made a number of defamatory statements towards him, together with phrases which instructed that he was
a) a cold-hearted husband
b) a serial ‘cheat’
c) not match and correct to work inside the Well being and Wellness Trade, or any associated trade, having recklessly contaminated her with an STI
(d) was and had been a service of venereal or sexually transmitted illness or illnesses amongst different issues.
Ayida additionally claimed that the e book had loved and continues to get pleasure from monumental readership and appreciable circulation on platforms together with Amazon, iTunes, and quite a few bookshops such that it may be safely presumed that over 3 Million folks have learn the e book and/ or the sensationalized extracts from the e book since its publication.
As a consequence of this publication, Ayida says his hard-earned popularity has been significantly broken as he has suffered appreciable misery and embarrassment together with however not restricted to a number of calls from well-meaning Nigerians to request him to go for counseling, psychological and marriage remedy classes.
Ayida additionally says that the defamatory phrases printed have been accentuated by malice. He subsequently demanded a retraction of the defamatory contents of the e book, an unreserved apology and a withdrawal from circulation of all copies of the e book.
He additionally made a financial declare of the sum of N100,000,000.00 towards the defendants for what he known as aggravated and/or exemplary damages.
In his judgment, Justice Olukayode Ogunjobi held that after cautious consideration of the proof earlier than the courtroom, it finds that solely the contents of web page 54 line 11-16 and web page 83, Line 1 of Toke Makinwa’s e book have been Defamatory.
The courtroom additionally gave Makinwa 30 days to delete the stated defamatory phrases from unsold copies of the e book in her custody in addition to these along with her writer, kachifo Restricted.
The Courtroom then granted damages of the sum of 500,000 Naira every to be paid by the first and 2nd defendants, Makinwa & Kachifo Ltd, to any charity group of the claimants alternative.
The courtroom additionally granted an injunction stopping the defendants from producing copies of the e book with the defamatory phrases.