Billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, has asked a court in the United States to impose a preliminary gag order on his former girlfriend, Autumn Spikes.
It would be recalled that it was Spikes recently took to social media to expose their secret affair of nearly 10 years.
A gag order (also known as a gagging order or suppression order) is an order, typically a legal order by a court or government, restricting comment about a certain case in public or passed onto any unauthorized third party.
Spikes on January 1, via her Instagram handle, allarounda1, posted a viral video showing herself and Dangote with part of the buttocks of Africa’s richest man exposed.
Following this, Dangote sued the lady for allegedly trying to extort $5million from him and is now hoping to obtain the “gag order” to stop her from carrying out an alleged threat to expose his private and family life on social media and media talk shows.
According to PremiumTimes, he filed the “petition for entry of the preliminary injunction”, through his U.S.-based lawyers on January 25, five days after he filed the libel suit on January 20.
Dangote’s only prayer in his petition reads;
Wherefore, the plaintiff prays that the court enter order of preliminary injunction and order defendant Autumn Spikes to show cause why she should not be the subject of gag order.
The publication stated a hearing notice which was issued on Friday showed that Miami-Dade County Court in Florida, U.S, has fixed February 9 for the hearing of the “petition for entry of the preliminary injunction”.
Dangote’s lawyer, Bruce Fleisher, stated in the petition that defence lawyer, Paul Petruzzi, “has not agreed to accept service of process”, but “this complaint has been provided to him immediately upon filing. I anticipate an onslaught on social media, talk shows.”