Abuja Court Found Obasanjo Guilty of Contempt Over New Book Launch

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has found a former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, guilty of contempt, after he disregards the court’s order barring him from releasing his autobiography.

Mr Obasanjo released the new book, My Watch, on Tuesday, in Lagos, days after the court order.

The court had ordered that the book launch be put on hold over claims that the three-volume series contained details of a libel case already before the court. The case involves a drug trafficking allegation made by Mr Obasanjo against Buruji Kasahmu, a leader of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the south-west.

Mr Kashamu had approached the court, requesting for an order stopping the release of the book.

Judge Acted In Error 

However, Mr Obasanjo defied the court order and proceeded with the book launch, saying the judge acted in error and deserved to be sanctioned.
The former president also said the book had already been published before the court gave its order.

Justice Valentine Ashi, in a ruling on Wednesday, gave Mr Obasanjo 21 days to demonstrate why he should not be punished for going ahead to publish the book

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