The Ikeja Lagos High court on Monday granted an interim order restraining the Africa Independent Television (AIT) from broadcasting a documentary on former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu titled ‘Lion of Bourdillion.’
The APC national leader had, his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, instituted a N150 billion suit against AIT alleging that the documentary was libelous and aimed at tarnishing his image.
Tinubu through an ex-parte motion sought an order of interim injunction restraining AIT whether by itself, agents, privies and or other persons from producing or continuing to broadcast, airing, or continuing to reproduce a documentary.
At today’s proceeding, Olanipekun had sought to move the interlocutory application but counsel to AIT, Mike Ozekhome objected the move arguing that he had not responded to the application.
He noted that his earlier reply was to the suit initially filed by one Tunji Abayomi on behalf of Tinubu.
As a result of Ozekhome’s request, Olanipekun then asked the court to grant an interim order restraining AIT from airing the contentious documentary.
Justice Akinkugbe then upheld Olnipekun’s application, ruling:“The defendant is hereby restrained from further airing, publishing or disseminating broadcasting the documentary “Lion of Bourdilion”, pending the determination of the interlocutory application,”
The matter was adjourned to March 20, for argument on the substantive application.