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Red Dress Saga: Bride threatens to Sue Mercy Aigbe & Rikaotobyme

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The end of the red dress saga seems to be coming no time soon, as the bride has threatened to sue both Mercy Aigbe and the designer Rikaotobyme.

In a letter addressed to the designer titled “Notification of Breach of Contract and Allegations of Fraudulent, Unlawful and Criminal Conduct,” the bride’s lawyers Capitalfield Attorneys have said if the designer is not willing to resolve the matter, their client will not hesitate to seek legal redress.

The lawyers accused both Rikaotobyme and Mercy Aigbe of fraudulent conspiracy to convert their client’s property for “selfish gains.”

The lawyers, in the letter served to the designer, accused her of fraud, and asked that she resolve the matter within 7 days or their client shall proceed to court.

See the letter below:

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36 Comments

  1. Toba Emmanuel

    January 16, 2018 at 9:47 am

    The designer should just return the Bride money to end this sad events

    • Kkay

      January 16, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Toba, it is not enough to return the bride’s money. The designer should be sued for both emotional and financial damages! Her action was done with premeditated, malicious intent for personal financial gain.
      I wonder why the bride took this much time to slam the designer with a lawsuit so her type would stop giving honest Nigerian businesses a bad name.

    • Nelo

      January 16, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      What of the emotional distress? Make her ass pay for it all

    • Tsk

      January 16, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Mercy really “fell” my hand when she said she has not taken down the picture. What a shame! You would expect her to speedily take it down but then we as a people lack conscience. Later she ll be talk long rubbish about Politicians when she will clearly do worse. She is a co-conspirator no doubt! Greedy AF. The picture is even so ugly and I don’t get the hype. #GreedyMercy

  2. Ese

    January 16, 2018 at 9:51 am

    please go ahead and sue her…..shes a disgrace with her numerous lies

    • Tikka Masala

      January 16, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      YES!!! Please sue BOTH their asses!!! They were clearly in co-hoots. They will learn for next time after 5 nights in Kirikiri.

  3. Ego

    January 16, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Boom! Way to go. And a simple refund is not ok. There should be substantial punitive damages for distress and inconvenience caused. In addition the subsequent lies and deceit. The designer needs to be punished severely and I hope, if this goes to court (which I think it should as this designer lacks remorse so its not worth undergoing any form of mediation with ) damages awarded to the bride should be in the tune of millions. 10million being the lowest amount awarded for punitive damages, in my estimation, as she would never have the opportunity to wear her dream dress on her wedding day again. The damages awarded should be reflected in this loss of opportunity which can’t be adequately remedied by this fraudulent designer.
    This should be a lesson for all you silly designers out there thatdont understand breach of contract.

  4. Big Tee

    January 16, 2018 at 10:14 am

    To designer – return the money, COMPLETELY or PROVIDE A VOUCHER for a new dress.
    To angry Bride – you are only asking to be treated with respect, I respect your decisions, but please biko, no vex again… stay blessed.

    • Puzzles

      January 16, 2018 at 11:42 am

      This our “abeg no vex” culture needs to stop. That is why Nigerian businesses and people in general get away with treating others anyhow. I say Sue!!! Let the designer and Mercy Aigbe (if she’s not innocent) be used as example to others.

    • Jade

      January 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Can you sharrap? Mschewww
      You are the problem. I don’t know why naijas just like to complain and not do appropriate things. No vex my foot.
      Bride go ahead with the case. The designer’s behavior is unacceptable and she should be punished.

    • Tikka Masala

      January 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      No. She must VEX and she must SUE. Enough is enough !!!! This was totally unfair to her. She is scarred for life because of this and Rissotto or whatever her name is must PAY & SUFFER for this act of wickedness!!!

  5. Asa

    January 16, 2018 at 10:17 am

    At this point, returning the bride’s money won’t be enough. Bride has paid Lawyer money and Lawyer’s payment has to come from somewhere. So Madam Rikaotobyme you gats cough out plenty money o!

  6. A.D.A.

    January 16, 2018 at 10:32 am

    “our client has suffered incalculable psychological anguish and trauma” lol odikwa serious oh

    • Patty boo

      January 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      But if you think of it its true o!

  7. SoniaPaloma

    January 16, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Good on her. Sue the hell out of the designer. Other designers/companies will learn not to mess with customer’s and think they can go free just because we are in Nigeria

  8. Fear God...

    January 16, 2018 at 10:51 am

    But why is this letter out in the open? I know the matter has been fought on social media but is there no end to how much information we put out to the general public?

  9. Ocean Beauty

    January 16, 2018 at 11:17 am

    The igbo part in me keeps telling me I’m in the wrong profession. After all the sweat, person no go even carry better money go house month end. If I’m in my house and I sew about 10 clothes at this amount in a month, I’m okay na.
    Never underestimate a Benin person. We fit use 500k drag 10k just to make u learn your lesson.

  10. Pinkfunky

    January 16, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    A prosecution should be in order, the bride had evidences via the screenshots she took and it was noted that repeat offence evidence from other victims.
    This is blatant fraud with calculated misrepresentation, her apology was awful awful.
    Hopefully others will stay clear of company and not condone this silly act from people.
    Flaming cheek!

  11. Olori

    January 16, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I applaud the bride for going the lawsuit route. But ehn biko, despite Mercy Aigbe’ s stylist’s statement, why should Mercy be sued too? I honestly don’t get it. She didn’t even know the Rikaoto whatever until she used the dress for the photoshoot. What kind of sand in garri situation is this one sef?

    • Omoh

      January 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      When Mercy gets to court, she should prove her innocence in the fraud and also sue the designer for the embarrassment, cost of hiring a lawyer and other damages.

    • Tsk

      January 16, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Because Mercy wore a stolen dress and proved her culpability by refusing to take the picture down from her social media. Who does that?!&&;;&&?’

    • Tsk

      January 16, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Because Mercy wore a stolen dress and proved her culpability by refusing to take the picture down from her social media. Who does that?!&&;;&&?’

  12. Bii

    January 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    See their mouth… BN and shallow impractical e-warriors. sue sue sue. Same pple dat will get weary and sing ‘tired song’ when s— hits the fan.
    Are u all so eager to drop ur thot so badly u clearly miss the punchline.
    The final paragraph says it all.

    No one, even the lawyers that live off such a process, desires the tedious and lenghty affair of litigation.
    The letter only seeks consultation for applicable damage caused d bride and for all you know, could be a bark, not a bite.

  13. B

    January 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    This is the news I’ve been waiting for. Legal action. The designer is a liar, the designers IG apologies where an insult to the bride and a virtual slap to her face. She lied like a baby. Let this serve as a lesson for her not to dupe people anymore. Put your acts together lady and the world will become a better place. Some of us act worse than President Buhari.

  14. Pee

    January 16, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Way to go Bride! That designer is a fraud. I am also not exonerating Mercy Aigbe.

  15. Cozygal

    January 16, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    This designer is ruthless sha. How do you even make this kind of mistake and still keep quiet like nothing happened? I’ll have expected that while the rest of the world moved on, she would have sought out the bride, refunded and compensated her. But, I know how she has the heart to display such boldness and wickedness. She’s a Nigerian in Nigeria; a place where wicked people almost always go scot free.
    I’m glad the bride has involved her lawyers. It’s time we all started doing what’s right and demanding to be treated right, not just by our leaders.

  16. Lilo

    January 16, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Yes o. These are the headlines I like to see. Action-oriented headlines. Forget instagram shaming. Drag people to court when they don’t meet their end of a deal. To me that’s the worst blow at any business owners ‘s reputation and credibility

  17. Letty

    January 16, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Mercy was the one tiuting my lawyers are on it…the plot thickens

  18. Miss Fine

    January 16, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Like are you serious! People are dying in other countries and some don’t have clothes or good to eat. Wake up!!

    • Amaah

      January 17, 2018 at 11:38 am

      What are you doing to help the plight of the people you mentioned?

  19. Miss Fine

    January 16, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Food to eat

  20. Weezy

    January 16, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    This letter is everything. I love it.

  21. OA

    January 16, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Very professional lawyers there. See carefully crafted English and reasoning. In law, we sue everyone and everything suable. We can’t be picking and choosing because the bottom line is (as my Torts professor used to say), you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip. Se she’s an actress, yep, she’s definitely not a turnip. As someone said earlier, let Mercy Aigbe go to court and prove her innocence. Further, according to the Thin Skull/Egg shell rule, you take your victim as you find them. The bride in this case was particularly more vulnerable in that this whole saga unfolded “a couple of days” to her wedding. Can you imagine the turmoil she would have gone through? In Yankee, IIED depending on the State (intentional infliction of emotional distress) and punitive damages are tort damages as a consequence of the breach. Easily, apart from paying for the fabric, refunding the money for sewing, the bride should be able to walk away with nothing less than three million Naira and I’m just being moderate. Punitive damages will serve as a lesson to Rikaotobyme and ALL other tailors. I’m glad the bride contacted lawyers. Rikaotobyme clearly messed with the wrong person this time.

    • Omoh

      January 17, 2018 at 12:21 am

      OA, you gerrit!!! So the update is, Mercy’s lawyers have responded demanding an apology from the bride’s lawyers within 7 days or face legal consequences for joining their client in the matter. They stated that their client is obviously innocent. Mercy too is forming offended on her page. I am like, your client wore a stolen dress, you are an accessory after the fact (theft). Denying on social media does not count. Go to court and prove your innocence. We will see if the stylist is innocent sef and if vicarious liability will not catch Mercy. Until then, their legal threats is rubbish and even if they sue after 7 days, it will not hold water. There are consequences for multiplicity of actions/abuse of court process. The bride’s lawyers are on the right course

  22. Mrs chidukane

    January 17, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Wait… She paid 100k for that dress? Ooooookkkk. Hmmm.

  23. OA

    January 17, 2018 at 1:37 am

    @Omoh, you are so right. Yeah, she bought stolen property – bad idea. No matter what, she should be showing remorse, not acting silly. What a shame at Mercy’s lawyers?! The right thing for a reasonable lawyer on the defense’s side is not to be doing “shantgree” at this time, rather they should be calling the bride’s lawyers to beg them. Na court they will end up last last and by then, things would be worse. Some judges can be very extreme when it comes to issues like this. Instead of them to opt for a settlement kia kia.

    Note to Mercy: The issue is not whether you are innocent in this or not. At times, all victims want to hear is “I’m sorry.” Having your lawyers threaten the plaintiff and her lawyers o le werk! It will just angst the judge even more when this case gets to court. As an actress, ogboju should not be your rebuttal in a case with the facts we have heard. Ogboju will work if you were attacked on the streets of Idumota or something. Not when we are dealing with a clearly well-learned and enlightened bride who knows her rights.

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