Nigerian dancer and influencer, Usiwo Orezinena Jane, popularly known as Janemena, has filed a petition against a Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh.
It was gathered that Tonto Dikeh had alleged that her ex-boyfriend, Prince Kpokpogri, is in possession of Janemena’s old and recent sex tapes.
In a post shared on social media, Dikeh was alleged 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 a good time to say @Janemena this man has so much of your sex tapes with him in his possession (old and very recent) Not just you but a lot 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!!”.
The 28-year-old dancer, who is married to her long-time lover, Andre Plies, has now filed a petition against the actress for cyberstalking and criminal defamation of her character.
In the petition written on her behalf by her solicitors, Rockson Igelige, of Felix, Igelige & Associates, Janemena described Dikeh’s posts as damaging and malicious.
Janemena claims that due to Dikeh’s allegation and the trauma it caused, she suffered a miscarriage, losing her one-month pregnancy.
What Janemena said In her petition against Tonto Dikeh
The petition reads, “We write you this letter to demand your immediate retraction of your publication referred to above, render unreserved apology to her and pay her N500m as compensation for the callous publications.”
The lawyers said Dikeh’s post suggested that Janemena, who is married, is having a sexual relationship with Kpokpogri and is cheating on her husband.
“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 sex tapes. 4. Janemena distributes sex tapes. 5. Janemena’s sex 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.”
“Janemena is happily married to Mr. Andre Oyeze. She is a native of Isoko in Delta State whose native law and custom forbid a married woman from having sexual relationship with another man. Indeed, it is a taboo in Isoko Land, Delta State for a married woman to have sexual relationship with any man who is not her husband,” it reads further.
The lawyers maintained that no such sex tape exists, nor has she ever had a sexual relationship with Kpokpogri.
They also said Dikeh’s “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.”
“The traumatic condition which your publications under reference threw Janemena into caused her miscarriage of her one month old pregnancy,” the letter further stated.
What Janemena demanded in her petition against Tonto Dikeh
In the petition, Janemena is seeking an immediate retraction of the said publications by Dikeh on her social media handles and a publication of the retraction in four national dailies in Nigeria.
The lawyer d have also asked that Dikeh tender an unreserved apology to Janemena in respect of the malicious publication and pay the sum of N500,000 (Five Hundred Million Naira) to their client as exemplary damages for the malicious publications.
They, therefore, warned that “If we do not receive your formal retraction, letter of apology and the sum demanded above within one month of the receipt of this letter, we shall commence legal action (civil and criminal) against you in a court of competent jurisdiction to seek redress for Janemena (our client).
‘‘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.”
Tonto Dikeh made the allegations in the wake of her messy breakup with her ex-lover, Prince Kpokpogri, in September.