AIT Slander Case: Court Grants Tinubu Accelerated HEaring

  • Chief Wole Olanipekun leads Tinubu’s legal team
In a motion Exparte filed before an Ikeja High Court on Friday March 6th 2015, the court granted an accelerated hearing for motion on notice in the case of defamatory and libelous documentary aired on DAAR Communications, AIT. The granted accelerated hearing comes up on Monday March 16, 2015.
The exparte motion brought before  Ikeja High Court – sought an order of interim injunction restraining  the respondent, AIT whether by itself, agents, privies and or other persons from producing  or continuing to broadcast, airing, or continuing to reproduce any defamatory documentary against the applicant which AIT started to broadcast on Sunday 1st of march , 2015 and has been repeating on a daily basis since then, pending the airing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction dated 5th March ,2015  filed in this suit.
The motion further noted as a fact that damages would not adequately compensate applicant/claimant if this ex-parte order is not granted. It prayed that the res of this suit may be extinguished if the ex-parte order is not granted. That there is real, imminent and urgent threat and danger of continuing to decimate the person and integrity of the applicant by the respondent by continuing to air the offensive broadcast if the ex-parte motion is not granted. That unless this application is granted, the defendant will not relent or suspend the broadcast of the said libelous documentary and that it is in the interest of justice to grant this application.
The legal effect of the filing and notification of the pendency of a law suit under the legal doctrine of lis pendens is that all parties should exercise extreme caution particularly restraint in continuing with the act complained of. This is the minimal requirement of any law abiding citizen.
This duty also extends to other members of the society who are expected to refrain from aggravating the damage complained of or in any way contributing to the quantum of damage. It takes on a more compelling dimension in this instance where the claimant has applied for injunctive restraining orders against the material complained against.

The contrary can hardly be argued against the fact that affront to the judicial institution attracts criminal implications.
The Tinubu legal team is led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN. Dr. Tunji Abayomi is also part of the legal team.

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Media Adviser To Fmr. Governor Bola Tinubu