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Singer Davido’s objections to lawsuits brought against him are dismissed by the court

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The Nigerian musician David Adedeji Adeleke’s preliminary objections to two lawsuits brought against him were dismissed by an Effurun-based Delta State High Court.
The first preliminary objection that the court dismissed was the breach of contract lawsuit that Amaju Pinnick and Brownhill Investment firm Limited had brought against him and his firm, Davido Music globally, regarding the annual “Warri Again Concert.”

The second one was brought by Israel Afeare and Davido Music Worldwide, who contested the court’s authority to hear the defamation lawsuit brought against them.

The court rejected the defendants’ claims that the case was premature because the claimant had not sent a letter of demand demanding a refund of the money claimed in the case. The ruling in the suit, which was filed under the case number EHC/183/2023 and involved Brownhill Investments Company Limited and Davido & Davido Music Worldwide Limited, bordered on breach of contract.

The court stated that it concurred with the claimant’s attorney that the remedy requested in the writ of summons cannot be interpreted in isolation in order to ascertain the substance of the lawsuit.

According to the court, it was evident from the reliefs requested in the lawsuit that there had been a breach of the first contract. It stated that filing and/or instituting the same did not need the issuing of any demand letters.

The court upheld its territorial jurisdiction to hear and decide the two cases pertaining to defamation in the defamation case because it was proven that the claimant, a resident of Delta State, was in the state when the defendants posted the allegedly defamatory publications online and that she also saw the defamatory statements while in the state.

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