The long court battle between media personality Toke Makinwa and her ex-husband Maje Ayida has ended in Ayida’s favour.
Maje Ayida had on February 7, 2017, filed a defamation lawsuit against Toke Makinwa over some statements made in her book, On Becoming, which detailed her account of her marriage to Ayida, a fitness expert.
The publisher of the memoir, Kachifo Limited, was also sued alongside Makinwa.
Ayida had demanded N100 million in damages and requested the court to donate the damages awarded him to four charities which will be nominated by him.
Justice Ogunjobi of the Lagos State High Court at Tafawa Balewa Square ruled in favour of Maje Ayida over the defamation lawsuit.
The court in its judgment held that after careful consideration of the evidence before the court, it finds only the contents of page 54, line 11-16 and page 83, Line 1 of the book can be termed defamatory.
The Court thereafter granted damages of the sum of 500,000 Naira each to be paid by the 1st and 2nd defendants to any charity organization of the claimant’s choice.
The court also granted an injunction preventing the defendants from producing copies of its book with the defamatory words in pages 54 and 83.
The court also gave the defendant 30 days from its judgment to delete and remove said defamatory words from unsold copies of the book in the defendant’s custody.