By Oladipupo Mojeed
A court injunction put a halt to the premiere of Okafor’s Law, a movie by popular actress and filmmaker, Omoni Oboli.
Okafor’s Law was supposed to be premiered at IMAX cinema, Lekki, on Friday night and scheduled to show at the cinemas on March 31.
While addressing guests at the premiere, Oboli said she chose to respect the court injunction as a law-abiding citizen while describing the court process as bullying.
“I’m so honoured that you’re all here today, thank you so much. Thank you for honouring me, thank you for your support over the years, thank you for always being there when I call. It means so much to me, and I don’t take it for granted,” she said.
Omoni was really looking forward to showing the movie yesterday before the injunction arrived.
“The movie screened at Toronto International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival and in America, but all that is nothing if Nigerian people don’t see it.
Why Okafor’s Law premier failed
She explained that she got the court injunction late in the evening.
“Unfortunately, we can’t show the film. At 5pm, we got an injunction from the court not to show this film. I’m sure some of you heard some allegation sometime ago, but, my story, my script, my movie, was written 100% by me. You can take that to the bank.
““What anybody says, what anybody does, it’s all a lie. I don’t know why this is happening, I work hard.
“It’s a shame that anybody would want to stop this. I mean, it has been a long process, we shot this movie last year, we have gone everywhere, we have put in so much money, publicity and everything, and some people are trying to stop it.
“God is on the throne and it’s fine. It will all come out in the wash. This is not going to stop me, I’m going to keep pushing.
She explained that as a law abiding citizen, she acceded to the court’s judgement.
“I could have gone ahead to show this film today, but I’m a law abiding citizen and I have to follow the law, unfortunately.
“I believe that it is bullying, I believe that it is abuse of the law, and we are going to take this up.”
According to the injunction seen by TheCable Lifestyle, the complaint was filed by Raconteur productions.
The injunction gave permission to the applicant to search a location where copies of the movie were stored.
It also directed the defendants to surrender all materials inscribed with ‘Okafor’s Law‘ to the applicant’s lawyers.