A Canada based, Yoruba art and culture promoter, Mr. Joel Olaniyi Oyatoye, popularly known as Baba Asa has instituted a N30 million suit against Nigerian actress, Mrs Elizabeth Anjorin Lawal, popularly known as Lizzy Anjorin for allegedly defaming him.
The suit: No. LD/ADR/3481/2021, which is before the Lagos State High Court, has Lizzy Anjorin as the only defendant.
The suit was supported with 13 paragraphs affidavit detailing how the defendant allegedly defamed the claimant on her social media page.
Baba Asa averred that he became conversant with the actress in the course of his business as a promoter and enabler of Yoruba art, culture and tradition in 2018, when he was preparing to organize the annual Asa Day 2018 in Canada.
The claimant averred that the actress was contacted to participate in the event and all issues relating to her participation and engagement in the Asa Day 2018, were sorted out effectively and conclusively.
Baba Asa averred that he was however surprised when on January 30, 2021, when he was called by a lot of people who were acquaintance to him saying they saw a post on social media attributed to the actress titled ‘The Fraudster of Manitoba and the Fraudster of Winnipeg’ which alleged that Baba Asa perpetrated fraud on her and people connected to her.
The claimant averred that there was no justification for the defendant to issue the post regarding his personality, adding that the content of the post is damaging and disparaging of his character.
Baba Asa further stated that based on the defamatory post, he briefed his counsel who wrote Lizzy Anjorin on February 1, and the letter was delivered to the actress at her business address in Lekki.
The claimant averred that despite receiving the letter, the defendant again went ahead to issue, publish and commissioned further defamatory post against him.
The claimant prayed the court to order Lizzy Anjorin to immediately delete all her defamatory posts on the Instagram and other social media platform, to tender unreserved apology for her action against him and to pay him the sum of N30 million as damages for the wrongful and unlawful assassination of his character.
He also prayed the court to grant an order of perpetual Injunction restraining the defendant from engaging in any other damaging post on social media or any other platform, concerning, touching or that will affect him.