Court Lifts Ban On Obasanjo’s Book

Justice Valentine Ashi of an FCT High Court, Abuja has ordered the lifting of the injunction barring former President Olusegun Obasanjo from publishing his autobiography, My Watch.

In the judgment delivered on Tuesday, the judge also ordered the release of seized copies of the book from the custody of the Nigerian Customs Service to Obasanjo.

He set aside the order of injunction upon an application by Obasanjo’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN).

The court asked the Customs not to collect demurrage on the book for the period it had spent in their custody.

The court upheld Agabi’s argument that the applicant, Buruji Kashamu, suppressed vital facts to obtain the order. Kashamu , a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Senator- elect, is pursuing a N20bn libel suit against Obasanjo in the court.

The same court had in December 2014 ordered law enforcement agencies to confiscate the three-volume book when it was discovered that it had been published before the order was made.

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