Legal Drama, Music Business

Peter Okoye finally and allegedly breaks up P-Square, accuses brother(s) of death threats against his wife, defamatory statements and more!

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Linda Ikeji reports that Peter Okoye has finally broken up the P-Square Band. In relevant part, here is what she now reports on her blog:

“LIB can now exclusively confirm that Peter has sent a termination letter to their lawyer Festus Keyamo (SAN), demanding for a termination of the agreement between Psquare.

In the letter (which LIB has obtained), he defends his decision by making some serious allegations against his twin Paul and older brother/group manager Jude.

According to Peter, Paul is no longer willing to co-operate with him, even going as far as cancelling their planned US tour this year without informing him, and he (Peter) has exhausted all options to make it work.

He also accused Paul of slandering his wife and children with lies on social media, and alleged that they’ve now been receiving threatening messages.

Peter further accused his older brother Jude of once threatening to kill him and shoot his wife Lola. This allegedly happened in the presence of Paul and former first lady of Cross River state Mrs Imoke. Jude allegedly also threatened to bring a coffin for him (Peter) if he ever comes near his house.

Peter insists that he has had enough of the drama and wants out of the Psquare group and contract. The singer who now refers to himself as Mr. P, stated that he loves his brothers and their families, and he wishes them the very best in their careers. However he cannot betray his wife and kids as they are very important to him…” – LIB

Ms. Uduak’s Take

This breakup may be the worst breakup we have seen in Nigeria’s contemporary music industry. This is particularly so because it involves family members, strong and clashing egos, and there is also sustained and continued allegations of substance abuse among some members of the band which adds a mental health component to the mix and further exacerbates the issues. While we wait to see how this all plays out, the critical question is how will assets be split among these three?

I have answered that question in prior AML articles and podcast shows individually and with my entertainment law colleagues below.

Stay tuned. We haven’t heard the last from P-Square. I just hope it doesn’t have a terrible ending.

-Ms. Uduak

AML ARCHIVED ARTICLES

“You Say Your Love No Dey Lie”: P-Square Twins Headed for What Could Be Africa’s Most Devastating & Messiest Band Break Up (April 2014)

In the Bitter Feud Between P-Square and Jude Okoye, Peter is Right. Jude Should Step Down as Manager (Feb. 2016)

7 Reasons Why P-Square is Officially Over (March 2016)

P-Square Breakup Gets Uglier as Peter Okoye Reveals “All” in New Interview (March 2016)

AML 074: Entertainment Law Roundtable: Nigerian Entertainment Lawyers Weigh in on The P-Square Breakup Saga (March 2016)

AML 075: Music Publishing in Nigeria, P-Square case study | Entertainment Law Roundtable (April 2016)

Video: Peter Okoye Announces P-Square is Back After Missing Out on the Historic ‘One Africa Music Fest’ at New York’s Barclays Center (July 2016)

P-Square Alleged New Fight: Peter and Paul Okoye, we are tired of your overworn brouhahas (Sept. 2017)

 

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. She has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts and handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia.

Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, The American University School of Law and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA including ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
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