Popular lawyer and recent Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Festus Keyamo has waded into the lingering Psquare matter, dismissing it as a normal fight between brothers and nothing serious.
The legal practitioner released a statement to distance himself and his law firm from the video leak that showed the brothers come to blows. He maintains that the incident happened last year but was not the fault of any of the brothers nor that of their wives. Again he insists that contrary to Peter Okoye’s claim that his life was under threat by Paul and Jude, ‘nobody’s life is at risk’.
The position of my Chambers on the P square feud 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/ZFRfvkBpAZ
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) September 26, 2017
Read his full statement below.
“Our attention has been drawn to the on-going feud between the Psquare brothers in online, print and electronic media. We have also been inundated with calls from the media to authenticate the correspondence Peter Okoye sent to our office, indicating his intention to terminate the contract between the brothers for various reasons and the online video showing a purported scuffle between the brothers in our Chambers.
“Firstly, while it is obvious that none of these materials were released from our Chambers, we are thoroughly saddened and embarrassed by these developments. As their close friends and lawyers over many years, we have done our very best to manage their differences over time and very prominent personalities have been invited in the past to intervene.
“We are well aware that we have a duty to keep the details of their disagreements confidential, so we shall say nothing here on the issues at stake. But since the disagreement is now in the public domain, and our name has been dragged into the fray, we wish to appeal to members of the public to refrain from jumping into uninformed conclusions about this feud.
“None of these talented brothers is at fault. None of them is also wholly justified and correct in their individual positions. We also wish to state categorically that, contrary to widely held opinions, none of their wives is at fault. In fact, the wives have kept their respectable and dignified distances from all the issues involved. They have never interfered in any way.
“We also want to state that whilst all the three brothers may have genuine grievances, nobody’s life is at risk. All the various incidents that happened in our Chambers (some as late at 12 midnight and 2am and one of which was captured in the online video) arose out of various meetings that were genuine attempts at resolving their differences.
“Whatever was said by all of them that were provocative were done in the heat of passion, emotion and anger. In fact, the incident in the video circulating online happened sometime around May, 2016. After all those arguments, we all still sat down and signed agreements and we were all happy.
“So, we appeal to everyone to please grant the Okoye family the privacy, prayers and support that they need at these trying times. I have also appealed to all of them not to grant further interviews at this point so as not to escalate the issues further. Whatever is going on is the usual siblings’ rivalry experienced in most families. It is nothing unusual.
“We are of the strong opinion that the brothers would eventually put away their differences and come back stronger.
“Yours most trusted,
“FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb (UK)
“Head of Chambers.”
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