A Nigerian Lawyer, Barr. Rockson Igelige has stated that Senator Dino Melaye suit which was filed by O. Marx Ikongbeh Esq against Sahara Reporters Media Group Inc and it’s Publisher, Omoyele Sowore is dead on arrival. He stated this while speaking to CCNIGERIA on the crisis that internet jurisdiction poses on the said suit.
Rockson Igelige, who obtained a masters degree on Entertainment Law in the University of Westminster, UK stressed that both Sahara Reporters as an online News Media and it’s Publisher, Omoyele Sowore are based in New York, as such it is only a New York based Court that can handle a suit against them.
“Where did the cause of action emanated from? New York. Where is Sahara Reporters? New York. Which Court has jurisdiction? Courts in New York,” Rockson said.
Speaking further, he said the issue of jurisdiction will take a better part of the suit because internet jurisdiction is still a legal issue that has no definite position globally.
“I can professionally tell you that Dino suit against Sahara Reporters is dead on arrival. Sahara Reporters is New York based online outfit. The issue of jurisdiction will take a better part of the suit as internet jurisdiction is still an issue that has not been judicially settled Worldwide.”
There is a growing jurisdictional tensions across the world as connectivity and internet usage increases globally. In order to preserve the global character of the internet, the first Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference of the multistakeholder policy network Internet and Jurisdiction was held on November 14 – 16, 2016 in Paris, France.
However, a summary of the Conference, which was obtained by CCNIGERIA calls for more coordination and cooperation, as a definite position on issues on Internet and Jurisdiction was not reached.
Senator Dino Melaye has filed a suit of five billion Naira against Sahara Reporters for libel following several investigative publications on the online news media challenging Dino’s claims of graduating from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a host of others.
The public is eagerly waiting for the outcome of the suit against Sahara Reporters as the certificate controversy continues.