Judge Valentine Ashi, a Federal Capital Territory High Court justice, ordered security agents, including the police and operatives of the Department of State Service, popularly called SSS to seize the latest book of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The judge of the FCT Wuse Zone II court said the publishing of the book, which was launched to the public on Tuesday in Lagos, broke the order of the court limiting the publication.
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The judge said copies of the seized book should be deposited with the court’s registrar pending the determination of the substantive suit.
He fixed 13 January for hearing on the substantive suit.
The judge said: “I hold the defendant not only in contempt of the court, but to show cause why he should not be punished for contempt and ordered to undo what he has wrongly done.
“The defendant, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, shall be given 21 days, from the day this order is served on him, to show cause, via affidavit, why he should not be punished for contempt committed by publishing and distributing for sale to the public, the book, My Watch, in plain disregard of the pendency of substantive suit and the order of this court made on December 5, 2014 restraining him from doing so.
“The defendant, whether by himself, agents, servants, privies or whatever name called, is hereby restrained from further publication or offering for sale or distribution, in any way or manner, the book called My Watch or the like of the visual or written materials which contains a re-publication or statement extracted from the letter referred to by the plaintiff.”
The judge had on December 5 restrained Obasanjo from going ahead with the publication pending the determination of the N20bn libel suit instituted against him by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu.
But ex-President unveiled his debatable autobiography ‘My Watch’ at the Lagos Country club Ikeja, Lagos, on December 9, 2014.
If it will be confiscated read most notable excerpts here: What President Obasanjo Says In His Book