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Davido,  Pinnick tango over failed show, as ex-NFF boss sues singer, demands N2.3b, apology 

Brownhill Investments Company Limited, organisers of the annual ‘Warri Again Concert’,  has dragged popular singer, David Adeleke, aka Davido,  to court over an alleged breach of contract.
The company is owned by a former President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick.
In its suit marked EHC/183/2023 before the Delta State High Court in Effurun, the company is demanding N2 billion in damages, and a public apology.
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Kelechi Onwuegbuchulem, the counsel of the company, is seeking the monetary award as general damages against Davido and his his music label, Davido Music Worldwide Limited.

Additionally, the claimant is asking the court to award the sum of N150 million as legal and professional fees and an additional sum of N30 million as the cost of filing the suit against Davido.

Furthermore, the company is demanding “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.”

Brownhill Investments Company Limited,  recalled in its statement of claim that sometime in early 2023, Davido had approached Pinnick, when they met at the Abuja Airport and asked to be engaged for the 19th edition of the ‘Warri Again Concert’ event to be held on October 6, 2023, a request Pinnick hesitantly agreed and a deal worth N70 million was struck as Davido’s performance fee.

Consequently, the sum of US$94,500.00 (an equivalent of the N70 million) was paid on April 6, 2023, and duly acknowledged by the defendants.

It added that Davido did a promotional video ahead of the event but failed to show up on the day of the event despite incurring additional expenses of $18,000 and a formal letter of reminder to Davido, including contained the  flight itinerary of the private jet chartered to personally convey him and his team to and from Warri.

It added that stated, however, that all attempts to reach Davido and his team on the day of the event, October 6, 2023, were futile, adding that it kept the private jet chartered to convey Davido and his team to Warri at the Airport in Lagos on standby should they eventually show up.

The claimant is, therefore, asking for the payment of $94,500 as full payment for engaging the services of Davido, adding it it incurred heavy expenses, promoting the show on print and social media adverts and promotions.