An Anambra State youth association, Dynamic Minds League, has filed a N14.3m suit against a Nigerian artiste, Douglas Agu, alias Runtown, before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja over an alleged breach of contract.
The group claimed, in the suit filed through its counsel, Mr. Raphel Anagbado, that Runtown breached a contract to perform at a state-wide carnival held on January 1, 2015 in Adazi-Nnukwu town, Anambra State after collecting N800,000.
The fee, the plaintiff claimed, was paid to Runtown through Eric Many Entertainment, being managed by Armani Henshaw.
The group claimed to have also lost revenue in terms of what it spent on printing fliers to advertise the show’s ticket prices of N3,000 for VIP and N1,000 regular, which were posted across the state.
It also said apart from featuring Runtown on the back page of its magazine, it booked for two hotel rooms for the musician and his manager, and paid for their flight tickets to Port Harcourt, from where they would head for Anambra by road.
The claimant said Henshaw also demanded that four armed mobile policemen be provided to escort them to the venue, but the group was only able to provide two.
“Due to the absence of Runtown, the association lost millions of naira in expected profit (including cash refunds made) and severe damage to its reputation which has a grave impact on the association’s ability to stage events, attract patrons and compete with rival carnival/show organisers in Anambra State and environs,” the claimant said.
But Runtown, through his lawyer, Mr. E. O. Ekeocha, filed a preliminary objection, asking the court to strike out the suit for lack of jurisdiction.
He said the claimant failed to comply with the court’s rules on pre-action notice.
“All the claims are at variance with their pre-action letter, which does not activate the court’s jurisdiction. We plead with your Lordship to strike out the suit,” Ekeocha said.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso has adjourned till January 25, 2017 to rule on the preliminary objection.