Celebrated Nigerian Blogger, Linda Ikeji has reacted to the judgement of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja asking her to pay general and exemplary damages of N25 million and publish a written apology to a Claimant, Mrs Ajibola Ajayi, daughter of former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Linda Ikeji had reported that the former Oyo State Governor’s daughter had described the protesting LAUTECH students as a “Generation of Mannerless Children.”
In 2018, Mrs Ajibola Ajayi sued Linda Ikeji for defamation for a post she published on her blog in 2017.
On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the court granted the claimant’s prayers and ordered Linda Ikeji to pay her N25m in damages.
The firm tweeted;
In her response, the blogger in a post on her Twitter handle described the lawyer as an inexperienced 26 years old, asking how could the law firm file a case both in Lagos and Abuja at the same time.
She said: “You are such an Idiot Lawyer. I can Pay 100 Lawyers, you are a church rat…”
She tweeted below;
As usual, social media users have taken sides to their perspectives on Twitter.
Below are some of their reactions:
Linda Ikeji don buy market.
A judgement debt of N25Million! This is a landmark judicial precedence.
I will be waiting to see if David Hundeyin will redact on Banwo & Igbodalo. 😅 https://t.co/JWtWcNJMVf
— Son of David (@DrOlusesan) April 14, 2022
Linda ikeji should not let Olaniwun ajayi lock in her matter ooo.
Like my grand ma will say “no use small hand by big hand ooo”
Linda this isn’t blogging. if you don’t calm down, the level of ruthless they’ll use to shred you will be epic
— B.bosz (@_weyimi) April 14, 2022
I was rooting for Linda Ikeji for a minute but for this disrespect, I hope she loses, so she can learn a good lesson in manners, rubbish. https://t.co/h39vIGW3eH
— Onlyhuman🦋🦋 (@Misonlyhuman) April 15, 2022
I do not want to believe this is Linda Ikeji’s account. Or not believe she tweeted this. No one is allowed to have that much money and be this ignorant over something as basic as knowing that Olaniwun Ajayi is Nigeria’s largest & bougie law firm. https://t.co/Qsa2L2Z76R
— Ayò-Bánkólé Akíntújoyè (@AyoBankole) April 14, 2022
That’s why twitter refuses to verify Linda Ikeji’s account.
She stay tweeting like a parody account.
— Fat Belly ‘Nenye (@The_Nenye) April 14, 2022
Linda Ikeji dey troll law firm like @OlaniwunAjayiLP dey brag about money, threatening them with Appeal court and Supreme court..
Lol, money cannot take the trenches out of you sha.
Because what is that display of ignorance?
— Adeda (@tosinadeda) April 14, 2022
Linda Ikeji vs the Lagos Law Firm is one of the reasons Legal Practice in Nigeria is not taken seriously. Linda exhibited some crass ignoramus & hooliganism, similar to Dave Umahi’s boastful swipe on the judiciary. Can the Law or the Legal profession flourish in a lawless place?
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) April 15, 2022
Linda Ikeji was sued and convicted for defamation, false, and malicious story which brought the claimant into disrepute. The claimant got awarded N25M in damages. Actions have consequences. Watch what you share on social media.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) April 15, 2022
This Linda ikeji stupid boldness will land her
into big trouble. Olaniwun Ajayi LP’s years of experience is not even close to her age. The audacity!
I really want to see the end of this matter 🙏
— Jumjum🔱🌻 (@TheOlajumoke_) April 14, 2022