A new press release from the law firm representing Fatodu says Sowore has been barred from leaving the country until further notice. Read the statement after the cut...
The press release reads:
We are Solicitors to LEKAN FATODU, a UK-based journalist and PR consultant and we issue this statement as his Solicitors.
It can be recalled that Fatodu Lekan (Our Client) had filed a petition to the Police Command Headquarters in Lagos State including a previous petition sent to the office of the IGP in Abuja against OMOLEYE SOWORE of Sahara Reporters over criminal defamation, threat to life and Blackmail.
The circumstance of Sowore's arrest on Wednesday 11th January 2017 over his false alarm to the Police which was actually Sowore's plan to conceal his criminal assault on Lekan Fatodu and his friend, Andre, on that very day made the Police to first take him to AREA F COMMAND Ikeja, and finally to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Panti for thorough investigation of the matter.
Sowore brought Dr. Abayomi to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Panti to plead on his behalf.
After much persuasion, the respectable lawyer was able to open a window for mediation and offered reconciliation meeting in his office in Lagos for January 17 2017.
Mr. Fatodu objected in the first place, but in order for it not to appear as if he was hell-bent on fomenting trouble, he accepted peaceful resolution on the grounds that the defamatory publication by Sahara Reporters would be withdrawn, and an unreserved apology tendered.
It was agreed that cyber exchanges should be suspended till Tuesday when a meeting was fixed, but not up to three hours after leaving Panti, Sowore started saying different things on social media. Mr. Sowore violated the terms of the temporary truce reached by both parties.
However, while Our Client and our Law Firm represented by Julie Ifeonu ESQ honoured the meeting, Sowore Omoleye failed to show up for reasons best known to him.
As if to prove that he only wanted to buy time, Mr. Sowore said, through two of his lawyers that was present at the meeting, he was no longer interested in the dialogue.
Mr. Fatodu respected Dr. Abayomi that was why he accepted to discuss in the first place.
We are sure that Dr. Abayomi must have been shocked over the attitude of Omoleye Sowore.
Omoyele Sowore of Sahara Reporters has been advised not to flee Nigeria in order to escape the long arm of the law.
Since Mr. Sowore has decided to pull out of the civil discussion facilitated by Dr. Tunji Abayomi, he should be prepared to face the legal process ahead as instructed by Our Client.
Sowore is counseled to rather assemble a team of lawyers that will defend him in court.
Although, he has consistently denied the criminal matters brought against him, the evidences against Mr. Sowore are incontrovertible Our Client insists.
Our Client has given Sowore the room to apologise for his falsehood, but he willingly decided to throw his food to the dog.
The next option is to meet in court to face CRIMINAL DEFAMATION, THREAT TO LIFE, ASSAULT from the Police and LIBEL from our Law Firm.
There is no more room for talks, talk is cheap. Let the laws of the land take its course.
OSUAGWU Ugochukwu ESQ
SOLICITOR AND COUNSEL TO LEKAN FATODU