BY BENJAMIN NJOKU
London based Nigerian music promoter and socialite, Ademola Adegboyega Otolowo, a.k.a Baba has dragged music marketer, Lati Alagbada, and Sikiru Ayinde Barrister’s former friend, Alhaji Buhari Oloto, to court in a N50million suit for disrupting the sales of the late fuji maestro’s last album.
In a case filed by his lawyer, Barrister Olawale Balogun of Olawale Balogun and Company, at the Ikeja High Court, Lagos, Otolowo is claiming damages against Alagbada and Oloto, for “disrupting the sales” of Barrister’s last album titled, ‘ Barrister’s Last Messages’ and for “wrongful and illegal detention, inhuman and degrading treatment, molestation, embarrassment and traumatisation” of his appointed marketer; Hammed Adepoju and Azeez Adisa, an Ilorin-based fuji artiste who allegedly sang in the album.
According to him, contrary to rumours being peddled, he has the right to release the album in Nigeria and abroad; and he disclaimed the notion that it was banned.
“I took them to court because they cannot tarnish my image and expect to go scot-free. As a very close friend of Barrister, I was with him on his sick bed in London and we had a lot of discussions bordering on his life experiences before he died. At a point, he had the premonition of his death and he insisted on giving a lot of revelations out to his fans in an album as his last message. That is basically what the album contains and he gave me the right to release it before he passed on,” he said, in a statement made available to Showtime.
He traced the beginning of his relationship with Barrister to when they were children, and maintained that they were very close until his death.
“Barrister and I grew up together in Iwo and I can categorically say that we started a business relationship together in 1990. I promoted him severally in the UK and he used to stay at my place in London whenever he was around.”
Otolowo has lived in the UK, building an impressive reputation as a quintessential gentleman and controlling an awe-inspiring portfolio in the entertainment sector with his penchant for investing in the promotion of artistes of African descent, including international event headliners like Koffi Olomide, Awilo Logomba and late Chief Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.