Multiple award winning music star, Innocent Idibia a.k.a Tuface, his wife, Annie Idibia, and manager, Anthonio Anifite have been dragged before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos by a photographer, Emmanuel Okolo who was contracted by the couple to photograph their recently held wedding event in Akwa-Ibom State.
The commencement of the trial of the N120 million copyright suit filed against the popular artiste has been fixed for October 16, 201.
The plaintiffs, Emmanuel Okolo, an Abuja based photographer, and his studio, Papilonmexy are asking for six reliefs, two of which include N100 million in general damages and N20million in exemplary damages.
At the resumed hearing of the case yesterday, neither TuFace nor his wife was represented in court. Their manager, Anifite who is the second defendant was however represented by his counsel, J.O Uttute.
In the writ of summon, Okolo and his studio claimed they were contracted by TuFace’s wife through a third party, identified as Ms Chineze Anyaene to take photo shots at the traditional wedding held in Eket, Akwa Ibom state in March, 2013.
The plaintiff said, he was reluctant at the beginning since the offer was coming through a third party, but later accepted after he was convinced that the offer was actually with the blessing of the first defendant.
Annie Idibia was said to have later contacted the photographer after the wedding and demanded for the printing of 10 of the high resolution pictures taken.