Popular Nigerian dancer, Jane Mena, has filed a petition against popular Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh over her posts.
The dancer demanded for a retraction of Tonto Dikeh’s posts where she said that her (Tonto Dikeh) ex-lover, Prince Kpokpogri, had s** tape of the dancer.
She also asked for compensation on the allegations of slander and defamation of character.
Recall that sometime in September, when Tonto Dikeh and Prince Kpokpogri started to have their problems over a leaked voice note believed to be Prince Kpokpogri and Janemena, Tonto Dikeh made a post in which she said that Prince Kpokpogri had s** tapes of himself with some women he has slept with, and that Janemena was one of the them.
The dancer never came out to deny nor confirm this even though Prince Kpokpogri said he had met her only once (which was a lie).
The petition Janemena filed was written on her behalf by her solicitors, Rockson Igelige Esq, of Felix Igelige & Associates.
The statement read in part;
“In the said social media handles (Facebook and Instagram pages), Tonto Dikeh is said to have published voice notes saying, “After listening to these leaked voice note between JOSEPH EGBRI (fake name Prince Kpokpogri) and Merit, I personally called my relationship off with a man I honestly LOVE. … This may be good time to say @Janemena this man has so much of your s** tapes with him in his possession (old and very recent) Not just you but ablot of other married women, celebrities and single girls too… If he hasn’t blackmailed any if (sic) you yet it’s a matter of time!!
These malicious publications and in the context in which it was made, meant and Janemena understood it to mean the following amongst other things:
Janemena who is a married woman had and is still having an amorous or sexual relationship with Prince Kpokpogri (referred to in the publications as Joseph Egbri) who is not Jamena’s husband. 2. Janemena is cheating on her lawful husband. 3. Janemena has s** tapes. 4. Janemena distributes s** tapes. 5. Janemena’s s** tapes (old and very recent ones) are in possession of PRINCE KPOKPOGRI (Joseph Egbri) with which he will use to blackmail our client any moment from now.”
The petition also stated that ‘‘the reckless and ill-motivated publications’’ have brought Janemena to public ridicule, odium, and opprobrium in the comity of Isoko women, her business associates, friends, members of her family.”
Janemena thereby demanded an immediate retraction of the posts by Tonto Dikeh on all her social media handles and also a publication of the retraction in four national dailies in Nigeria; furthermore, the dancer demanded for a public apology to her and for Tonto Dikeh to pay the sum of N500,000,000 (Five Hundred Million Naira) as exemplary damages for the malicious publications.
“We appeal to concerned individuals and communities in cyberspace not to hastily conclude that our client is guilty of the allegations against her. Therefore, Tonto Dikeh is being given this golden opportunity to prove her allegation in court, because “he who asserts must prove same to be true” as a requirement of the law.”