Court Mandates Onyeka Onwenu To Pay Tony Okoroji N5 Million For Defamation TrendyVoice

1 July 2016

Court Mandates Onyeka Onwenu To Pay Tony Okoroji N5 Million For Defamation

The controversial rift between COSON
chairman, Tony Okoroji and veteran
singer Onyeka Onwenu attained a new
peak today as Onwenu was mandated
by a Lagos a High court to publicly
apologize to the COSON boss and pay
five million Naira in damages.

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja
today Thursday, June 30, 2016 ordered
Onyeka Onwenu to pay the sum of five
million naira as damages for
defamation of character to Chief Tony
Okoroji, former President of PMAN and
Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria
Delivering judgment in Suit No:
ID/935/12 filed in 2012, Hon Justice I.
O. Akinkugbe (Mrs.) also ordered Ms.
Onwenu to tender an unreserved public
apology to Chief Okoroji to be
published in Vanguard Newspapers and, the website of

Vanguard Newspapers.
The war between Okoroji and Onyeka
can be traced back to 2011 when
Okoroji went to court to challenge the
publication of an article in the
Vanguard newspaper edition of October
14, 2011 which he considered a
deliberate attempt to malign or defame

According to the COSON chair, the
article claiming he diverted N3m
donated by the Cross Rivers State
Government towards the final burial of
Christy Essien Igbokwe, is 'unjustified,
unwarranted, malicious, wicked,
reckless and libellous.'

The case was thrown out by a Lagos
State High Court. At the time, the
presiding judge, Justice I.O.
Kasali opined: 'For words to be
defamatory of a party, the said words
must have lowered that party in the
estimation of right-thinking members
of the public and there must be
evidence of this from a person whose
views of that person have been so
adversely affected'

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