Lai Mohammed Threatens To Sue PMAN For Defamation Of Character Over Alleged Intellectual Property Theft | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper f


The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has threatened legal action against the Performing Musician Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) for accusing him of plagiarism and intellectual property theft.

PMAN had alleged that Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s creative summit on financing the creative industry which he recently hosted is part of a proposal by PMAN submitted to the minister on the 5th of August 2016 but which the Alhaji Mohammed’s went ahead to implement without consulting with PMAN.

Counsel to PMAN,  Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had in a statement said that “though the conference was deceptively tagged “creative industry financing conference”, it is our client’s firm belief that the conference was held in full implementation of our client’s original brain child and ideas as clearly highlighted in their respective presentation of 5th August 2016 and action plan of 18th August 2016, all in the possession of the ministry of information and culture.

“Our client viewed this action as a grave infringement of their intellectual property rights and dubious conversion of their brain child ideas and concept, originating from the painstaking professional study, research and investigation that gulped them over 500,000.”

But the minister of information, alhaji Mohammed dismissed the allegation as laughable and threatened to sue PMAN for defamation of character.

Responding during an exclusive interview with Entertainment News on Channels Television, the minister said it was his right to host a conference of the creative industry.

“As a minister of information and culture, I can’t stop people coming to me with proposes, so when a supposedly reputable organisation as PMAN comes and says he wants to see the minister and he says we want to organise conferences on creative industry, does that stop me as a minister from organising my own creative industry, especially when you did not come to me with a blue print to show me how the conference will be?”

“Even if PMAN’s proposal was visible, there was no way at that point in time that I could have asked them to go ahead to do it but where is the law that says that the minister must accept any or every proposal from a group.” He said

“so, your right to organise a conference is exclusive to one person or a person comes to you and say because he has given you a proposal that he wants to organise a creative conference so you as a minister you are stopped, or you can’t do your work”?.

“But I can assure you I have instructed my lawyers to sue them for defamation.” He said

Post a Comment Default Disqus

  1. Oga lie, this another body accusing of property thef, the first was a proposal sent to you for adoption as a collaboration-change begins with me but you went behind to collonised it,now another person initiative has been stollen by u and ur govt. empty dead brain all together.

  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  3. This APC (All Pitiable Congress) People are empty hollow vessel ab initio. They keep stealing people's intellectual property and ideas without the courtesy of even acknowledging them but rather bullies them on top. It is sad. It show how bereft of ideas this people are!
    Chanji Dole!
    Sai baba!
    Sai Tinubu!
    Sai Gorilla Oshio Baba!
    Sai Saint Amaechi!
    Sai Parrot El Rufai!
    Sai Okorocha!

  4. If the PMAN sues, they're likely to lose, because, the alleged intellectual property was never registered nor those it have exclusivity to be called PMAN's property. It's true, anyone can have an idealic presentation, but, as long as it's not registered, some other person can use it without acknowledging the other who claimed ownership.


Nigeria News Comments are Moderated. Clean Comments will be swiftly approved. No swear words, no racism, allowed.