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Author Of Last Days at Forcados High School To Sue JAMB For Conspiracy

The author of Last Days at Forcados High
School, Dr. Ayobami Hanif Mohammed, is
planning to sue JAMB and the Cassava Republic
Press for conspiring to violate his copyrights.
The book, written by Mohammed in 2006 as a
student of University of Lagos (UNILAG) was in
2014 accepted by JAMB as the official handbook
for candidates in the Use of English on the
recommendation of Fafunwa Educational
Foundation.

The Publisher, Ms Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, was said to
have signed an agreement with JAMB on behalf
of the author for the book to be used between
2014 and 2017. Terms and conditions for the
contract was agreed upon and signed by the
parties concerned.
However, trouble started when the publisher after
signing agreement with JAMB in 2014, turned
round to request from Mohammed a lower
royalty which the author refused on the premise
that the fresh proposal was a violation of the
initial contract.
According to him, his refusal to accept the offer
and other issues arising resulted in his book
being replaced by JAMB with another book from
the same publisher as the recommended text for
2017 UTME candidates.
This got him infuriated, and is planning to initiate
legal proceedings against the publisher and
JAMB.
When contacted, JAMB spokesperson, Dr. Fabian
Benjamin said, “We had an understanding with
Cassava Republic, not the author. I don’t even
know the author. The copies we are using for
the direct entry candidates are the books we
paid for last year, except the author wants us to
return it so he would refund our money.”
On the sudden change of the book to the new
one after persuasion by the registrar failed, he
said, I’m not privy to the meeting with the
registrar, like I said earlier; we had an
understanding with the publisher not the author.”

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