9 August 2014

Nigeria: Tope Alabi, NPC Settle Out of Court

Actress and gospel artiste, Tope Alabi, has settled her lingering legal battle with a US-based Nigeria marketer, Alhaji Tajudeen Bioku of NPC Records. It was reliably

gathered that a peace move was brokered by Tope Alabi's lawyer, Barr. Ropo Awoyele, and sanctioned by Alhaji Bioku's lawyer, Barr. Bolaji Mustapha. At the meeting, it was revealed to us that Tope Alabi did not only apologise to the marketer, but also paid an undisclosed amount to him, which we gathered ran into millions of naira.

Our source said: "We're not privy to the exact amount, but we know that Tope Alabi paid him (Bioku) in the neighbourhood of millions of naira." Trouble started some years ago, when the entertainer allegedly failed to keep her part of an agreement signed by the two parties. In 2006, Tope Alabi entered into a recording agreement with NPC Records to produce two versions (Yoruba and English) of an album. She was paid for this service upfront.

However, after releasing the Yoruba version of 'Angeli Mi,' which became a hit, Tope Alabi did not deliver the English version as agreed. The English version, which was tentatively entitled "My Angel,' was never released and this reportedly forced Bioku to take legal action against the artiste. The marketer took his case to the Lagos High Court and sued Tope Alabi, Pastor Biodun Ibitola and her company, Remdel Optimum Communication (ROC).

This was after he had dragged the prominent singer to the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) over the matter. The two had since been in court. The latest agreement will mean that Bioku will drop the case this week, according to our source.

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