October 16, 2013 has been fixed by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, for the commencement of trial in a N120 million copyright suit filed against music star, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2Face, his wife, Annie Idibia and their manager, Anthonio Anifite over photographs allegedly taken at the recent traditional wedding of the music icon and his wife in Akwa Ibom State.
Emmanuel Okolo, an Abuja based photographer alongside his studio, Papilonmexy is asking for six reliefs, two of which include N100 million in general damages and N20million in exemplary damages.
Neither 2Face nor his wife was represented in court at the resumed hearing of the case yesterday. Their manager, Anifite was however represented by his counsel, J.O Uttute.
Meanwhile, a mild drama ensued when the judge openly admonished Uttute after claiming he had filed his defence when he had not done so.
The judge, apparently irked, warned him not to show up in court again if he was not prepared for the case. “You told me that you have filed your response, but looking through here, there is nothing to that effect. And you are even smiling. Do you think you are here to joke? Never come to this court again if you are not prepared. You don’t even know when the case was filed and you are not prepared for it,” the judge said.
Also, the plaintiff’s counsel, Habeeb Oredola expressed worry over the defendants’ inability to appear before the court or be represented by a counsel after they were served with the writs of summon.
In the writ of summon, Okolo and his studio claimed they were contracted by 2Face’s wife through a third party, identified as Ms Chineze Anyaene to take photo shots at the traditional wedding held in Eket, Akwa Ibom state in March, 2013.
The plaintiff said, he was reluctant at the beginning since the offer was coming through a third party, but later accepted after he was convinced that the offer was actually with the blessing of the first defendant.