Amaju Pinnick, the former president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), has taken legal action by filing a ₦2.3 billion lawsuit against renowned singer Davido and his music label, Davido Music Worldwide Limited. The lawsuit, marked as EHC/183/2023, has been lodged with the High Court of Delta State in Effurun, Warri, and revolves around allegations of contract breaches.
In his legal submission, Pinnick has sought the court’s intervention to grant ₦2 billion in general damages against the 30-year-old artist. Furthermore, the claimant is requesting ₦150 million to cover legal and professional fees, in addition to ₦30 million to cover the cost of initiating the lawsuit.
Amaju Pinnick, who also owns Brownhill Investments Company Limited, the organizers of the annual ‘Warri Again?’ event, is represented by counsel in this matter. They are also seeking an order instructing both Davido and his music label to issue a public apology on the singer’s social media accounts and two national daily newspapers, with the apologies spanning four consecutive days. These apologies are to be directed towards the claimant and the attendees of the event.
In the statement of claim, the claimant stated that in early 2023, Davido had approached him at the Abuja Airport. During their meeting, Davido proposed engaging his services for the 19th edition of the “Warri Again” event, which was scheduled for October 6, 2023. Pinnick proceeded to book Davido as the headline artist for the event, which was to take place in Warri, Delta State.
According to the Performance Agreement, dated March 30, 2023, it was agreed that Davido’s performance fee would amount to ₦70 million. Furthermore, Davido insisted that this full payment be made in advance to secure his performance at the event. The lawsuit now seeks to address alleged breaches and discrepancies related to this agreement between the parties involved.