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Sylva Pleaded, Requested Settlement Twice, Did Not Win Any Defamatory Case in U.S- Pointblanknews Publisher, Jackson Ude

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The publisher of Pointblanknews.com, Mr. Jackson Ude has said that Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Marlin Sylvia, pleaded for out of court settlement and did not win any case against Pointblank News in the US. He stated this in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday. The statement reads “My attention has been drawn to spurious, criminal, malicious, defamatory and disparaging news report being sponsored by the Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Marlin Sylvia, in which he claimed victory in a United States Eastern District Court, Pennsylvania.
“Nothing can be more ridiculous than such a claim when indeed the Minister was the one who instituted a defamatory case against me, turned around to twice request for an out-of-court settlement through his attorney, used leaders in Nigeria to reach out to me to accept an out of court settlement.

“In 2021, Sylva came to the U.S court and filed a lawsuit against me for defamation. The case started in February 2022. After discoveries were conducted by attorneys for both Sylva and me. Sylva appeared for deposition via zoom and was interrogated for closed to five hours in May. I was also deposed for about three hours. After the deposition, Sylva through his lawyers approached my lawyers for an out-of-court settlement”.
” The first request was denied. He came back again on July 22, 2022 and made another request. This time, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, whom I have tremendous respect for, has been reaching out to me on behalf of Sylva, requesting I accept to settle the matter out of court”

“After going through Sylva’s requests and adjustments made by my lawyers, I accepted the request in good faith and directed my attorneys to proceed with it” “Judge Hon. Joseph Leeson Jnr of the Eastern District court, thereafter, set up settlement conference hearing for August 11, 2022. And also set September 14 as the Jury trial date if we did not reach an agreement to settle. I attended the hearing as ordered by the Judge while Sylva pleaded with the Judge to allow him to appear via zoom”.

“At the Settlement hearing, we both went through the agreements. The Magistrate Judge, Hon. Pamela Carlos, supervised the process and both parties agreed and signed off the settlement agreement. No judgment was pronounced. Sylva was not pronounced winner as no trial in the case ever happened”

“In plain language, the suit did not proceed to trial or judgement stage. It was simply a settlement out of court which Sylva, not me, sought”.

“It is, therefore, a violation of the Judge’s order for Sylva to sponsor defamatory, malicious and disparaging publications against my person and that of Pointblanknews.com in other to whitewash himself. In due course, he would return to the U.S court to explain his actions”.

“The amateur attempt to hoodwink the public and spread lies are some of the instrument politicians have employed to deceive Nigerians. Again, Timipre Sylva never won any defamatory case. How can you be a winner in a case that never went to trial? Otherwise, Sylva should show to the public a judgement he obtained from the U.S Court declaring him winner. It is pure lies from the pit of hell” Ude sounded with a note of finality.

 

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Ogun High Court grants relief to Datkem as shocking photos of malicious damage surface

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The High Court of Justice in Ogun State, led by Honourable Justice O. Hassan Oyajinmi, has granted significant relief to Datkem Enterprises Limited, headed by Yeye Olufunke Daniel, in a property dispute against multiple state authorities.
The case (Suit No: HCJ/297/2023) involves allegations of unlawful demolition and trespass by the Ogun State Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development and other defendants.
The claimants, represented by senior counsel A.M. Kutoye, SAN, sought an interlocutory injunction to prevent further trespass and damage to their property.
They also requested an official inspection to assess damages and the removal of unused materials trapped on the property due to the alleged unlawful actions by the state government on September 10, 2023. These materials are valued at N184,435,000.
The defendants, represented by Mrs. Elegbede, filed a counter affidavit and a preliminary objection, challenging the motion on procedural grounds and questioning the court’s jurisdiction.
They argued that the claimants had not exhausted administrative remedies under the Ogun State Urban and Regional Planning Development Law of 2022.
In the Certified True Copy sighted by Freelanews, Justice Oyajinmi granted the claimants’ reliefs, mandating the Chief Registrar to inspect the property, take inventory of the damage, and oversee the removal of unused items.
Specifically, the reliefs sought included:
An Order of Interlocutory Injunction: To restrain the defendants and their agents from further trespassing or negatively affecting the claimants’ proprietary rights.
An Order for Inspection and Inventory: To allow the Chief Registrar or an appointed officer, along with the claimants, to inspect the property, assess the damage, and take inventory of the destruction and unused items.
An Order for Removal of Unused Items: To permit the removal of unused materials purchased for the completion of the property before the invasion and sealing by the defendants on September 10, 2023.
The ruling underscores the court’s role in protecting proprietary rights against unlawful government actions and provides interim relief to Datkems Enterprises, allowing them to mitigate further losses.
Concerning jurisdiction, the defendants’ preliminary objection was dismissed, affirming the court’s competence to hear the case.
The court emphasized the necessity of adhering to statutory conditions while ensuring timely justice.
The upcoming expedited hearing will further address the substantive issues, potentially setting a precedent for similar disputes in the future.
The claimants are represented by A.M. Kotoye (SAN) and O.T. Are Esq., while the defense team includes O.T. Olaotan (S.G), F.I. Ameh (A.D.P.P), A.B. Elegbede (S.S.C.), and M.L. Deinde-Dipeolu.
Recall that DATKEM initiated the suit via a Writ of Summons on December 4, 2023, citing various grievances against the Ogun State government’s agency, including failure to respond to letters of complaint regarding an alleged unlawful ‘Notice to Quit’ and subsequent violent invasion of the property.
On September 10, 2023, at approximately 3:00 AM, the 3rd defendant, with the assistance of armed policemen and other agents, forcefully entered and vandalized the property.
Yeye Daniel, the former first lady of Ogun State and wife of the senator representing Ogun East District at the national assembly, asserted that this invasion resulted in significant damage and left numerous materials and items, valued at N184,435,000, trapped within the property.
These items, intended for the property’s completion, have since been rendered unusable.
However, a source close to happenings informed Freelanews that Justice Oyajinmi has recused himself from the case, being the second judge to do so since the commencement of this trial over alleged intimidation.

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Malabu Case: EFCC Debunks Allegations of Bribery of Its Official, Mulls Appeal

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has debunked as false, news making the rounds that one of its prosecutors was offered a bribe over the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case leading to the dismissal of the charges against a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke and others by a Federal Capital Territory High Court.
In statement issued on Friday on its official website and verified social media handles, the anti-corruption agency disclosed that it has commenced a review of developments around the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case, including the dismissal of the charges against Bello Adoke and others by the Court in Abuja.
The review, the EFCC hinted, will entail exploration of the option of appeal and possible change of counsel in view of the Commission’s dissatisfaction with the handling of the case by Offem Uket.
Speaking on the alleged bribing of its official, the EFCC says, its intention to review or appeal the case “has no nexus whatsoever to the spew of speculations imputing compromise by parties to the charge, currently making the rounds in some sections of the media.” It will be recalled that after the decision of the Abuja High Court upholding the no case submission of the defendants in the criminal case, a certain online news outfit had spewed the narrative suggesting that the EFCC accused its prosecutor of compromise by prominent lawyers connected to the case.
In denying the narrative of compromise, the anti-corruption agency further said, the, “EFCC is not obliged to embrace such narratives as it neither accused any of the parties of any unsavoury conduct nor made any conclusive statements about any investigation on the matter.”
The agency also dubbed allegations of compromise as “effusions of mischief makers” and urged the general public to await its next course of actions

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Breach of Contract: Tunji Afolayan gives Kunle Afolayan a seven day ultimatum

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Tunji Afolayan, an award winning Art Director through his legal representatives, Osifowora & Co. has berated the Managing Director of KAP Productions Limited, Kunle Afolayan over what he termed a “breach of contractual terms”.

In the letter signed by the firm’s lead counsel, Olatubosun Osifowora, Tunji accused Mr Kunle Afolayan of making a deliberate attempt to undermine his creative input and relevance on the movie, ‘Ijogbon’.

The letter to KAP Productions and Netflix stated that Mr Tunji was contracted by one Mr. Segun Akintunde, a Line Producer at KAP Productions Limited, to work as Art Director for the movie ‘ljogbon’. His deliverables, and remuneration as Art Director, were well spelt out in the contract. The letter noted that the contract was signed on January 11, 2023 between Mr Tunji and KAP’s Production Executive/Representative in the presence of Kunle Afolayan.
 “Our client stated also that the executed copies of the contractual documents were kept by the management of KAP Productions Limited and his copy was never given to him to date after signing.Upon completion of the project ‘Ijogbon’, the movie was released on Netflix- a streaming platform, and to our Client’s consternation, there was an omission of his name and title as Art Director for the movie ‘Ijogbon’,” the letter reads.

The letter further stated that Mr. Kunle was instead credited as the Art Director for the Movie ‘Ijogbon’m While accusing the management of KAP Productions Limited of deliberately and consciously portraying Mr Tunji as ‘Set Designer’ instead of his role as the Art Director, which he was originally contracted.

“Our client is appalled at this grave omission and therefore regards this as a breach of contractual terms in the contract with KAP Productions Limited. This is further viewed and taken, as a deliberate attempt to undermine our client’s creative work and relevance for the movie titled ‘Ijogbon’.

“In view of the above, it is our client’s demand that his name and role for which he was contracted and worked, be restored and properly credited in the Movie ‘Ijogbon’ as the Art Director,” Osifowora wrote.

He further demanded, on behalf of Mr Tunji Afolayan, that the retraction be done within seven days of receipt of the correspondence before the next line of action is taken.

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