- Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed has threatened to sue PMAN for defamation and alleged theft of intellectual property
- The association allegedly accused the Nigerian minister of plagiarism and intellectual theft
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Nigerian minister of information and culture, has reacted over the accusation leveled against him by the Performing Musician Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN).
The association accused the minister of grand theft of intellectual property by saying the creative summit he hosted on financing the creative industry was a part of the proposal done by PMAN and submitted to him on August 5, 2016.
The association accused the minister of implementing the proposal without carrying the members along or consulting them.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the counsel to PMAN, had spoken extensively on the matter saying the conference was a deviously planned as the ideas listed in the presentation belonged to his client.
“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.”
However, Lai Mohammed dismissed the allegation while threatening to sue PMAN at the same time for defamation of character. He backed this up by stating the fact that he has full right to host a conference of the creative industry as the minister of culture and information.
“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.
Unwilling to back down, he went on to substantiate his point giving more points as to why their allegations cannot stand.
“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.”
The minister then revealed the step he has taken concerning the matter as he made it known that his lawyers have been ordered to sue PMAN for defamation of character.
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