Processes leading to the premiere of Okafor’s law a movie by actress and filmmaker Omoni Oboli were underway when she got a court injunction that stopped the premiere.
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.
“I was really looking forward to showing you the movie tonight. 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.
“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.
“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, 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.