Chief Tony Okoroji has declared war on PMAN President, Pretty Okafor as Mr. James Ononiwu of the Lagos law firm of Whitedove Solicitors acting on behalf of Chief Tony Okoroji, Chairman Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), has delivered a letter to Pretty Okafor who refers to himself as ‘PMAN President’.
In the letter dated April 13, 2018, the lawyer referred to several publications made against Chief Okoroji by Pretty Okafor since April 11, 2018, published to numerous persons across the world on several media platforms including Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.
The letter went further to say that by the said publications, Pretty Okafor has made several blatantly false, baseless and malicious statements including innuendos which were clearly intended by him to lower the hard-won reputation of Chief Tony Okoroji and to incite stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry and other right thinking persons across the world to revolt against Chief Okoroji and to distort and destroy his legacy.
The letter says; “We have been instructed by our Client to demand and we hereby demand a retraction of the false and injurious statements you have published against our Client and to tender a conspicuous and unreserved apology to our Client published on Facebook, WhatsApp, the Guardian Newspaper, the Sun Newspaper, the Punch and Vanguard Newspapers within 7 (seven) days of receipt of this letter. Furthermore, you are to pay to our client the sum of N100,000,000.00 (One Hundred Million Naira) for the significant injury you have caused our Client.”
“Be informed that if you fail, refuse or neglect to meet the demands of our Client, our instructions are to deploy every instrument and process allowed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to seek redress against you”
Speaking further on the development, Barrister Ononiwu said, “Chief Okoroji knows who is deploying the likes of Pretty Okafor to spread falsehood against him and damage his reputation so that they can achieve their desperate and dastardly objective of intimidating him and hijacking COSON which is by far the most successful organization in the history of the creative industry in Nigeria, built with the exemplary and outstanding leadership of Chief Okoroji. They know that they cannot take out Chief Okoroji through a democratic process because he enjoys the overwhelming trust and support of the members and management of COSON. They have therefore resorted to the sick deployment of defamation of character.”
“Let them be informed that while our client welcomes constructive criticism, he will not stand idle and allow the coordinated wicked lies and unjust fabrications spread by the likes of Pretty Okafor to destroy his hard-won reputation. He has asked us to look out for anyone who like Okafor may be engaged in the business of the defamation of his character and bring the full weight of the law on such a person.”