Former President of the Nigeria Football Federation and organizer of the yearly ‘Warri Again Concert’, Amaju Pinnick, has filed an N2.3 billion suit before the High Court of Delta State in Effurun against singer Davido over an alleged breach of agreement or contract between them. Listed as defendants in the suit are Davido and his music label, Davido Music Worldwide Limited.
The claimant under the name, Brownhill Investments Company Limited, through its counsel, Kelechi Onwuegbuchulem, in suit number EHC/183/2023, is asking the court to award N2 billion as general damages against Davido.
In the suit filed, the company asked the court for N150 million as legal and professional fees and an additional sum of N30 million as the cost of filing the suit. The company is also seeking an order directing the defendants jointly and/or severally to tender a public apology on all the 1st defendant’s social media accounts/handles and in two national daily newspapers for four consecutive days, to the claimant and attendees.
In the statement of claim, the company averred that sometime in early 2023, the 1st defendant approached its chairman, Amaju Pinnick, when they met at the Abuja Airport, to engage his (1st defendant’s) services for the 19th edition of the “Warri Again” event held on October 6, 2023.
The claimant stated that its chairman was hesitant to engage the services of the 1st defendant for the event as the defendant had disappointed him on two previous occasions – the 2014 and 2019 editions of “Warri Again”, where he did not show up to perform after he had been paid for the events and he was compelled to make refunds thereafter.
The claimant believing that the 1st defendant had turned a new leaf, entered into a performance agreement with the defendants, for the 1st defendant, Davido, to perform as the headline artiste at the 19th edition of Warri Again, slated to be held on October 6, 2023 in Warri, Delta State. The claimant stated that in the Performance Agreement dated March 30, 2023, it was agreed that the 1st defendant, Davido’s performance fee was N70 million, which the defendants insisted must be paid in full at the time, to secure the 1st defendant’s performance at the event.