Following the leak of a video yesterday showing the P-Square brothers nearly exchanging blows, Festus Keyamo (SAN) confirmed in a press release that the incident had happened at his Chambers. Keyamo said that most of the incidents reported had happened during a series of meetings that ran late into the night and early hours of the morning.
“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.”
He said that all the utterances in the video were made due to the brothers’ tetchy mood as at the time of the meetings. He added that although the brothers may have their genuine grievances, no one’s life was at risk.
“We also want to state that whilst all the three brothers may have genuine grievances, nobody’s life is at risk.”
The lawyer also said that they were able to resolve some of their differences and also signed agreements after all the arguments.
“Whatever was said by all of them that were provocative were done in the heat of passion, emotion and anger. After all those arguments, we all still sat down and signed agreements and we were all happy.”
He further stated that he had advised the brothers to decline speaking publicly about their rift.
“We appeal to everyone to please grant the Okoye family the privacy.” He said.
Read the full press statement below.
PRESS STATEMENT BY FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN, ON THE PUBLIC FEUD BY THE PSQUARE BROTHERS
Our attention has been drawn to the on-going feud between the P Square 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 are 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 are 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 2 am 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 aroundMay 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