Onyeka Onwenu to Pay Tony Okoroji N5m for Defamation
Veteran singer Onyeka Owenu has been ordered by a Lagos High Court to publicly apologise and pay the sum of N5 million to Chief Tony Okoroji, the Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), for defamation of character.
According to CosonNG , the 64-year-old musician was mandated to give an unreserved public apology to Mr Okoroji at a court sitting held yesterday in Ikeja. The apology is to be published in the print and online version of Vanguard Newspapers.
Reacting to the judgment, Nollywood actor Patrick Doyle revealed that he earlier warned Onyeka about her feud with the former PMAN chairman but she refused to listen. “Some will recall that I publicly cautioned Onyeka Onwenu when she began her ill-advised war of attrition against Chief Tony Okoroji. I told her that she was taking on the wrong guy. She refused to listen. Now, the chickens have come home to roost and she has to pay for her attempt to destroy a good man” he said.
In 2011, 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 defame him. The article had cited that Onyeka claimed he diverted N3 million donated by the Cross Rivers State Government towards the final burial of late singer Christy Essien Igbokwe. He had slammed the allegations, calling it ‘unwarranted, malicious and libellous.
On his part, Okoroji stated that he is glad justice has been served even though he initially didn’t want to take Onyeka to court. “She left me with little choice. I went to court in self-defence. Till today, I do not know what wrong I did to Onyeka Onwenu,” he added.