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
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
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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