In Suit No. LD/3265MFHR/2016 before Hon. Justice O.H. Oshodi, the lawyer sued the blogger for damages in the sum of N50,000,000 (Fifty Million naira) for the unauthorized use of his picture on her blog for crime-related stories which he claimed has subjected him to mental and psychological torture in violation of his constitutional right to dignity of human person and freedom from degrading treatment.
Pending the time of the hearing of the main suit, Justice O.H. Oshodi granted an injunction restraining Linda Ikeji from further use of the lawyer’s picture otherwise she would be committed to prison for contempt of court. According to PM News, the court order dated 1 May 12, 2016, restrained the blogger from further publishing Mr. Olumide Babalola’s pictures for crime-related stories.
The news agency also gathered that the award-winning lawyer who just returned from New York, United States of America, where he was presented with an International Gold award for quality and excellence in business in recognition of his varying public interest litigations had earlier written to Linda Ikeji to desist from further publication but the blogger called him bluff.
The matter has been adjourned to September 2016 for hearing.
The 36-year old blogger who hails from Nkwerre, Imo State, began blogging as a hobby in 2006 after graduating from the University of Lagos. She became an active blogger in 2007, when she stopped hosting her blog on Blogspot. In 2008, a domains for her name were taken and she eventually hosted her new website as ‘lindaikejisblog.com’.
In August 2012, Forbes Africa dedicated itself to celebrating African women that month’s issue. In that issue, Forbes profiled Africa’s 20 Most Prominent Women and the issue featured profiles on two young Nigerian women: Linda Ikeji, as well as Chibundu Onuzo.
Linda was the biggest Google Search trend in Nigeria for 2014 and her name the most searched item by users of Google in Nigeria.