Afrobeat musician Davido is the target of a lawsuit brought by former Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick, who is requesting N2.3 billion in damages and a four-day public apology for allegedly breaking a contract.

The complaint is based on an unsuccessful agreement between the two parties regarding Davido’s October attendance at the Delta State show “Warri Again?”

The organiser of the annual ‘Warri Again?’ event, Brownhill Investments Company Limited, owned by Amaju Pinnick, initiated legal proceedings by registering a lawsuit at the Delta State High Court in Effurun, under the case number EHC/183/2023.

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Reportedly, the claimant—who is being represented by lawyer Mr. Kelechi Onwuegbuchulem—is suing Davido and his record label for ₦2 billion, claiming that the singer’s cancellation of the scheduled performance caused damages.

In addition, Amaju Pinnick’s business is asking the court to grant it 150 million dollars in legal and expert fees and an additional 30 million dollars to cover the costs of filing the action.

The case takes an odd turn when the court is also being urged to order Davido to make a public apology by Amaju Pinnick’s legal team.

They demand that the musician apologize for his actions on social media and in two daily newspapers across the country for four days in a row.

In early 2023, Davido met Pinnick at the Abuja Airport and expressed interest in working together on the 19th iteration of the “Warri Again Concert,” set for October 6, 2023, according to the claimant’s statement of claim.

Pinnick reluctantly accepted the deal at first, but in the end they agreed on a ₦70 million performance fee.

A payment totaling US$94,500.00, or ₦70 million, was received on April 6, 2023, and the defendants confirmed receiving it.

Davido then went ahead and shot a promo video for the occasion. But the artist broke his promise on the day of the performance, disappointing both the organizers and the audience.

According to the claimant, they spent a significant amount of money promoting and advertising the event in print and on social media.

A week before the event, on September 29, 2023, Davido received an official reminder letter and flight schedule for a private jet that was rented to take him and his team to and from Warri. This added twist will cost him an extra $18,000.

On October 6, 2023, the day of the event, it was stated that all attempts to contact Davido and his group had failed and that the private aircraft that was supposed to take them to Warri at the Lagos Airport had been kept available in case they later showed up there.

Consequently, Pinnick’s company is demanding full payment of $94,500 for the services Davido was hired to provide but was unable to do so.