Friday, 19 January 2018

Media Baron, Abiola Ogundokun files N1 Billion Lawsuit Against Oluwo + Inside the Court Papers

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The Plaintiff and the Defendant, Chief Ogundokun & Oba Akanbi
It appears the war between elder statesman and eminent Nigerian, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun and the Oluwo of Iwo Kingdom, Osun State (South West Nigeria), Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi (Ilufemiloye-Telu 1) is taking a new dimension in year 2018 as the veteran politician cum media baron approached the court of law in the first week of the year and slammed Oba Akanbi a N1 Billion (One Billion Naira). The lawsuit was filed at an Osun State High Court.

This was disclosed in series of court papers obtained by Asabeafrika early in the week through a confidential source.  Ogundokun, a former National Publicity Secretary of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) under the regime of President Shehu Shagari 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 Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi
The lawsuit was filed at the High Court of Justice in Osun State, South West Nigeria (Osogbo Division) by Olayinka Osokoya of O.A. Osokoya & Co, the counsel to Chief Abiola Ogundokun on Monday, 8th of January 2018.
The Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land, High Chief Abiola Oladepo Ogundokun
Chief Ogundokun 83, a media baron and publisher of Conscience International Magazine have been at loggerhead with the youthful Iwo  monarch since April 2017 when Oba Akanbi stripped Ogundokun of his traditional and Islamic titles over what he termed ‘insubordination to his rulership’ by Ogundokun.
Beginning of the War
Obanla of Iwo Land, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun

 It will be recalled that Oba Akanbi on Sunday April 30, 2017 verbally announced the revocation of all chieftaincy titles of Ogundokun ranging from Islamic, social and traditional titles after claiming to be the custodian of all spheres of social sway in Iwo land.
 Oba Akanbi was said to have announced to some selected chiefs at his palace that “As the ruler and custodian of all traditional, cultural, religious and social clubs in Iwo land, I hereby relief him (Ogundokun) of all his traditional and social titles ranging from Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land, member of Iwo Board of Trustees (IBOT), Otun Balogun of Iwo land and other proposed titles that might be accorded to him from Iwo”.
The Oluwo with Ex-Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido

The reason for the monarch’s action is said to be rooted in bad feelings  towards Ogundokun, who allegedly advised the monarch against serial monetization of royal titles given to subjects. (The Oba is accused of collecting money from different sources to dish out one single title).
But in a swift legal reaction  by Chief Ogundokun, an Osun State High Court in Osogbo  presided over by Justice Ayoola  granted an order restraining Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi from removing, and, or appointing another person as the Bashorun Musulumi of Iwo land pending the determination of the main suit.
The court, reacting to a motion sent in by High Chief Abiola  Ogundokun’s lawyer, one Barrister Soji Oyetayo on May 11, 2017 restrained the Iwo monarch from stripping  Chief Abiola Ogundokun of his  Bashorun Musulumi of Iwoland title and equally stopped him from appointing, installing and turbaning  another Bashorun Musulumi of Iwo land pending the determination of the main suit.

The judge reviewed all the submissions of Chief Ogundokun including all the citations provided before arriving at the ruling.
The Monday, June 19, 2017 ruling was based on the application for motion on notice brought pursuant to Order 38 rule 4 of Osun High Court seeking for an
order of interlocutory injunction restraining Oluwo, Oba Abdulrasheed
Adewale Akanbi and Imam Fatai Olododo (Chief Imam of Iwo Central Mosque) from installing another Bashorun Musulumi of Iwo land as the Oba has no moral right to discredit the injunction or discretion of a religious society.
The latest suit & matters arising!
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun, Basorun Musulumi and Obanla of Iwo land
In the new 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 via cyber bullying.
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.
Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi (Telu 1) The Oluwo of Iwo
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.
Particulars of the New Case.
The 83 pages Court document 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.
 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 Abiola Ogundokun’s name as  4th trustee)
The plaintiff also avers that he was equally appointed as a member of Iwo Board of 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)
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun with his 'Royal son' Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi (Oluwo of Iwo) when the going was sweet
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, conferred on him the Chieftaincy title of Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land sometimes in Year 2000 and he was
Ogundokun introduces Oluwo to the Adefuyes when the going was sweet
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(Ile-Ife)
¨     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
Chief Abiola Ogundokun, felt disappointed over Oluwo's action and now wants redemption
¨     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 Oluwo of Iwo enjoying himself inside his majestic palace allegedly built for him by High Chief Abiola Ogundokun
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 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
Chief Abiola Ogundokun introduces the Oluwo to ex-Ogun State Governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba during a public event

¨     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, (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

The plaintiff avers that as a young politician, he contested and won the Councillor-ship of Election and was sworn in as Councillor 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.
Oba Adewale Akanbi & Chief Abiola Ogundokun when the going was good

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
Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi (Telu 1) 'Can he really pay Ogundokun a billion Naira?'

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.
Chief Abiola Ogundokun takes Oba Adewale Akanbi to Ex-Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido and Ambassador Sale during a public outing

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, Oshogbo 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 Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land pending the determination of the suit and same was granted by the court.

High Chief Abiola Ogundokun set to battle Oba Adewale Akanbi for character assassination

The plaintiff hereby pleads and shall rely on the processes filed in the suit as well as the Certified True Copy of the Enrollment 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)
Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi with one of Chief Abiola Ogundokun's friends, Chief Alani Bankole

The plaintiff avers that the videos have 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.
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun introducing Oluwo to Chief Bola Ajibola when the going was sweet between the two

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 Oluwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi spraying one of Chief Ogundokun's daughters during a wedding bash inside Chief Ogundokun's house in 2016

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 ridicule and destroyed reputation of plaintiff).

Chief Ogundokun’s Prayers
The Plaintiff, Chief Abiola Ogundokun, 'Was the one who annulled MKO Abiola's June 12 election?'

Chief Abiola Ogundokun is demanding ONE BILLION NAIRA for aggravated and exemplary damages as a result of the several insulting and public comments made against him by the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi on several online mediums including YouTube, Whatsapp, Facebook, and Newspapers.

The Irony of Dateline!
The Obanla of Iwo Land, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun and Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi when the going was good
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 via a letter signed by the Oluwo on January 8, 2017 (Copy attached with court papers).

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.

Drama of New Suit
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun...Very angry with the Oluwo
The lawsuit 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 an Associate Professor of the Department of Linguistic and African Languages, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU). The abuses were dramatically lined out and translated in both English and Yoruba language to reflect the innuendos, mockery, and drama of the gestures of Oba Adewale Akanbi while lampooning Abiola Ogundokun in various instances and available chances.
  It appears this is the first time in history, that such an academic boldness will be brought into a case as meticulous as the Ogundokun versus Oluwo royal war.

Some of the documents equally revealed the way and manner the youthful Oluwo who recently clocked 50 treats or addresses his elderly subjects. For instance, in one of the letters written to Chief Abiola Ogundokun where the Oluwo appointed him as a member of the Iwo Board of Trustee, the Oba adressed Ogundokun, 83, who is old enough to be his father  (Ogundokun’s first child is 52) as “My Dear Son”. The letter with Ref: No: ITC/R/APP/03 was a blatant expression of how the Oluwo treats his elderly subjects, referring to them as his children or something lower in substance.

Other Prayers by Chief Abiola Ogundokun…
The Plaintiff High Chief Abiola Ogundokun, Did he really stole 'Dundun' in Modern School according to the defendant?
Chief Ogundokun is equally asking the court of law to defray the impression created by the Oluwo of Iwo in several of his online outbursts that:
¨     He (Ogundokun) stole Roasted Yam (Dundun) 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, the late Basorun MKO Abiola. The Oluwo claimed Ogundokun in conjunction with the military establishment of that era 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 Eniola Atanda 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 Professor Wole Soyinka during the time he was managing the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)
¨     That Ogundokun is not just a criminal but a dubious person who thwarted the chances of the Yoruba Nation at several political instances for his own selfish interest
¨     That Ogundokun is a dishonest and dishonorable 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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