The attention of RoboMichael Limited an indigenous oil mining and producing company has been drawn to a malicious publication in an online media platform, to wit Sweet Crude Reports (http://sweetcrudereports.com) uploaded on the 20th April 2018, by Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt, with the caption: OML11: Group petitions CBN over RoboMichael. This infamous publication was perpetrated through the link: http://sweetcrudereports.com/2018/04/20/oml11-group-petitions-cbn-over-robomichael/
The said libelous publication was authored by one Gani Topba, a self-styled (lone wolf) Ogoni activist operating under the name and style of the National Coordinator of The Ken Saro-Wiwa Associates (KSWA). In the said online publication, Mr. Topba engaged in the defamation of RoboMichael Limited in a petition titled, “Demand for rejection and/or blocking of the request of RoboMicheal Nigeria Limited and any other company for loan/funding in connection with the development and operatorship of OML 11”
DEMAND TO CEASE AND DESIST
This law firm, NNAMDI EBO LEGAL, represents RoboMichael. On her instruction, you, Mr. Gani Topba is hereby directed to: CEASE AND DESIST ALL DEFAMATION OF RoboMichael.
This law firm asserts that the said online publication was deliberately published and uploaded with written matter containing libelous statements. These false statements exposed our client to opprobrium and amounted to vilification and traducement in the communication of false statements that harm the reputation of our client’s corporate endeavors and business.
We are not unmindful of section 373 of the criminal code of Nigeria. Under Nigerian law, it is unlawful for you to cause malicious content to be published and/or engage in defamation of another’s character and reputation without legal justification. Your malice-laden intention put our client in bad light to local and international audiences and consists of:
(A) statements you caused to be published online that may injure her reputation;
(B) which you communicated to a world-wide audience; and
(C) that you knew or should have known were false.
CEASE AND DESIST DEMAND
Accordingly, RoboMichael Limited, has instructed this law firm to hereby demand that you (A) immediately cease and desist your unlawful defamation of RoboMichael Limited (B) cease and desist from further defamation of RoboMichael Limited’s corporate character and reputation.
If you do not comply with this cease and desist demand, RoboMichael Limited is entitled to seek monetary damages and equitable relief for your defamation. In the event you fail to stop, please be advised that RoboMichael Limited has instructed this law firm to communicate to you that the company will pursue all available legal remedies, including seeking monetary damages, injunctive relief, and an order that you pay court costs and solicitor’s fees.
To reiterate, “We hereby demand that you cease and desist from making any further false and defamatory statements about our client”. If you do not cease (stop), our client will be forced to take appropriate legal action against you and also seek all available damages and remedies.
Your liability and exposure under such legal action could be considerable. Before taking these steps, however, our client wished to give you one opportunity to discontinue your illegal conduct by promptly complying with this demand.
IMPORTANT: Failure to comply with this cease and desist notice as enunciated, shall lead to a legal action.