Nollywood actress cum Social Media influencer, Tonto Dikeh, is in trouble again over alleged defamatory statements against her estranged husband Olakunle Churchill who has dragged her before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
This is the second time Churchill has taken Tonto Dikeh to court since their marriage collapsed dramatically in 2017. The first court battle between Tonto and her estranged husband took place in January 2018 when Churchill dragged Tonto to Lagos State Magistrate court to stop her from featuring their son, King Andre, on a reality TV show.
Due to the suit, the proposed reality TV shows titled “King Tonto” could not be aired by Linda Ikeji Media Limited as planned.
The latest suit was filed by Churchill on December 10, 2019, for the image damaging revelations Tonto Dikeh made against her ex-husband in a three-part YouTube series which was posted in May 2019.
In the video series titled ‘The Evidence’, Tonto Dikeh accused her ex-husband of being an internet fraudster popularly known as “Yahoo Yahoo”. She disclosed via the YouTube video how she caught Churchill seated in an occultic room with his laptop.
Tonto also alleged that Churchill lied that he was related to former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo when Churchill’s father was just Obasanjo’s gardener.
Hence, Churchill wants the court to make Tonto Dikeh pay 500 million Naira for the defamatory statements the actress has made against his personality. “The series of malicious and fallacious allegations, assertions and accusations through media campaigns and publications by Tonto Dikeh and her charity group was defamatory”, the suit read.
The case is expected to commence on Thursday, February 20, 2020. According to Premium Times, the court has warned that if the actress fails to show up during the court proceedings, the court will make its decision in her absence.