A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, vacated an interim order which restrained the premiering and release of Nollywood movie, ”Okafor’s Law”, a film produced by actress and director, Omoni Oboli.
Trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, had on March 24, granted an interim order, following an ex-parte motion Raconteur Production Ltd, on behalf of a Canada based Nigerian script writer, Mr. Jude Idada, stopping the premiere of ”Okafor’s Law” which was supposed to hold on the evening of same day. The exparte order had consequently halted the premiere of ”Okafor’s Law” at the IMAX Cinema, Lekki as well as suspending its planned release on March 31.
In a short ruling, yesterday, Justice Ibrahim Buba vacated the interim orders, and paved way for the release and launch of the film, after entertaining arguments from both counsel to the plaintiff and defendants.
Buba said: ”The court shall resist the temptation of making any pronouncement on the substance of the matter at this interlocutory stage. Suffice to say that surely what is exhibited by the plaintiff is a script ”The Bet” and not ”Okafor’s Law” and so this court has no doubt that the plaintiff/applicant cannot sustain this application.
Interlocutory injunction ”Even though the applicant moved the court to granting an order exparte, thank God the side of the defendant is heard. I do not think that on the face of the counter affidavit, this court will exercise it’s discretion both judicially and judiciously in granting the motion for interlocutory injunction. “This court is unable to grant the interlocutory orders sought by the applicant; the prayer is hereby refused and the interim orders made on March 24, is accordingly vacated.”
However, Omoli Oboli who couldn’t hold her joy, went straight to her Instagram page and shared:
Glory be to God!!!!!!!!!!! #OkaforsLaw is showing in all cinemas NATIONWIDE from tomorrow Friday the 31st of March. We serve a living God! Thanks for all the prayers and the love ??? #OkaforsLaw