For those who have been itching to read the autobiography of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, ‘My Watch’, they can now do that as a Federal High Court in Abuja, has lifted an injunction barring former him from publishing the book.
Justice Valentine Ashi ordered for the release of the books which had been in the custody of the Nigerian Customs Service on the strength of the court injunction which was granted on December 10, 2014.
But Justice Ash set aside the order of injunction on Monday upon an application by Obasanjo, through his lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN).
The court asked the customs not to collect demurrage on the books for the period they had overspent in their custody.
The court upheld Agabi’s argument that the applicant, a PDP chief in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, who is currently pursuing a N20bn libel suit against Obasanjo in the same court, suppressed vital facts to obtain the order.
No journalist was in court when the judge lifted the injunction on Monday as the ruling was not delivered earlier on March 30, the date originally fixed for it. New date for the ruling was said to have been later communicated to the parties.
Kashamu had instituted the libel suit against Obasanjo having been dissatisfied with his being described by the former President in the letter which was widely published in the electronic and print media as a fugitive wanted for drug offences in the United States of America.