A High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has ordered the Department of State Service (DSS) and the Police to seize the recently launched autobiography of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, “My Watch” Punch reports.
Justice Valentine Ashi passed the judgement on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, saying the ex-president flouted a court order restraining the publication of the book. He also gave Obasanjo 21 days to explain why he shouldn’t be punished for contravening the court order.
Justice Ashi said: “I hold the defendant not only in contempt of the court, but to show cause why he should not be punished for contempt and ordered to undo what he has wrongly done.
“The defendant, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, shall be given 21 days, from the day this order is served on him, to show cause, via affidavit, why he should not be punished for contempt committed by publishing and distributing for sale to the public, the book, My Watch, in plain disregard of the pendency of substantive suit and the order of this court made on December 5, 2014 restraining him from doing so.
“The defendant, whether by himself, agents, servants, privies or whatever name called, is hereby restrained from further publication or offering for sale or distribution, in any way or manner, the book called My Watch or the like of the visual or written materials which contains a re-publication or statement extracted from the letter referred to by the plaintiff.”