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Erisco Foods: Nigerians react to Tomato reviewer’s court case with CEO  

The ongoing legal dispute involving Chioma Okoli, who posted a product review on her Facebook page about Erisco Tomato paste, has spurred widespread reactions among Nigerians on social media platform X.  

In the aftermath of Okoli’s review, Erisco Foods Ltd initiated a N5 Billion lawsuit against her, a move that has captured public attention. 

According to details shared by Okoli’s lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, the Facebook post attracted numerous comments, leading to legal action by Erisco Foods.

The subsequent development saw the Inspector General of Police filing a “cybercrime” charge against Chioma.

Effiong disclosed that they appeared in the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, February 29, 2024, to address the charge. 

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In a recent social media post, Effiong explained that they have filed an application seeking the transfer of the case from Abuja to Lagos.

This move is based on the argument that the events leading to the charge occurred in Lagos, where both parties are located.

Interestingly, the police had not served Chioma with the charge sheet as of the previous day, claiming difficulty in doing so.

The police filed a motion to serve her through her counsel (Effiong)Food to but withdrew it after failing to provide evidence of their attempts to serve her personally. 

Effiong informed the court about their decision not to further waste time due to the police’s failure to serve Chioma, revealing that they had independently obtained the charge.

He also mentioned a pending Notice of Preliminary Objection challenging the territorial jurisdiction of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to hear the case, advocating for its dismissal or transfer to the Lagos Division. 

The case has been adjourned to April 18, 2024, for possible arraignment or the hearing of pending applications/objections.

Chioma was not present in court on Thursday due to the lack of service, but she is expected on the next adjourned date.

Effiong emphasized that their legal representation for Chioma is pro bono, and he encouraged conscientious Nigerians to contribute to Chioma’s Legal Defense Fund.

The case update garnered significant attention, particularly following an interview featuring Chioma Okoli and the CEO of Erisco Foods. 

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