Jude Idada, a Canada based script writer, had accused Omoni Oboli of copyright infringement on the “Okafor’s Law” movie, adding that she had stolen his story idea for the movie in September 2016. He alleged that Oboli took the work he had done regarding “Okafor’s Law”, and developed it without giving him due credit.
Based on an ex parte application filed by a company, Rancoteur Productions Ltd, on behalf Mr Jude Idada, on March 27, Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos has issued an Anton Piller order, directing the seizure of a film titled “Okafor’s Law” directed by Nollywood Producer, Omoni Oboli. The court also issued an interim order, 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. The judge ordered the seizure of all copies, materials, projections or infringing materials, relating to the subject matter.
However, the motion on notice was heard on March 30th. Justice Ibrahim Buba then lifted the injunction that prevented the premiere and release of Omoni Oboli’s new movie. In his ruling on Thursday afternoon, the presiding judge said the movie should not have been prevented from showing in the first place since the copyright claim suit is yet to be determined by a competent court of law.
Following the new pronouncement, Okafor’s Law will be screened nationwide in all cinemas from Friday, March 31, 2017.
Okafor’s Law stars Richard Mofe Damijo, Toyin Aimakhu, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ken Erics, Ufuoma McDermott, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Yvonne Jegede, Halima Abubakar, Mary Lazarus, Uche Nnaji, Betty Irabor, Tina Mba, Gabriel Afolayan, and Funke Bucknor.