Court Stops Former President Obasanjo from Publishing Autobiography

Court Stops Former President Obasanjo from Publishing Autobiography

By Pius Godsday | Politics Reporter on December 7, 2014
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo making a speech in Brasilia, Brazil on Tuesday, September 6, 2005

An Abuja High Court has restrained a former President Olusegun Obasanjo, from  publishing a new autobiography titled: ‘My Watch’ after a chieftain of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Buruji Kashamu filed an application against the former president.

Justice Valentine Ashi sitting  in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja made the restraining order last Friday without according the former president a hearing, ThisDay reports.

The application was argued by Kashamu’s lawyer,  Alex Izinyon, SAN. He argued that the content of the book related to issues contained in Obasanjo’s December 2, 2013, letter to President Goodluck Jonathan and former PDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, where he (Obasanjo) claimed that Kashamu was allegedly a fugitive, wanted in the United States.

Kashamu contended that since the content of the letter was the subject of a libel suit against Obasanjo which was still pending before the court, the former president could not comment on it in his book before a determination of the libel case before the court.

Justice Ashi, in a ruling, restrained Obasanjo from either publishing the book or have it published on his behalf by anybody, pending the determination of the main suit still pending before the court.



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