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A Benin High Court, Edo State has adjourned hearing in a suit filed by Benin-based music promoter, Mr. Patrick Anieze against popular hip-hop artistes, PSquare, to 26 October, for failing to honour a show.
The music promoter accused the musicians of failing to honour a show organised by his outfit, PARUJON, in December 2009 and also refused to refund the money he paid them.
In the suit, the promoter claimed that the musicians were contracted to perform at Naomi Garden, GRA, Benin on 26 December, 2008.
“Instead of honouring the show, PSquare left for Dualla in Cameroon and returned to Benin very late (around 10p.m.) on the agreed date. As at that time, the people had filled the venue of the show with their tickets.
“However, PSquare refused to perform that day because they were already tired from the trip and promised to reschedule the show for 14 February, 2009.
“PSquare failed to honour the rescheduled show. Thereafter, I contacted Femi Falana chambers over the failed contract. Mr. Falana personally talked with Mr. Jude Okoye, who is the elder brother and manager of PSquare and they promised to refund the money spent on the show,” the promoter told P.M.NEWS.
He said a total of N3.633 million which he borrowed from the bank was spent on the aborted show.
“After several efforts to get the money refunded, I instructed another lawyer, Mr. J.E. Enyia to sue PSquare in court which was done on 22 March , 2011,” he added.
The case was filed at the Benin High Court with suit number 3/217/2011.
When the case came up for hearing on 27 June, Mr. Okoye persuaded the promoter’s lawyer to allow for out of court settlement but has since refused to honour his pledge. The case has been adjourned to 26 October for further hearing.
When P.M.NEWS called Mr. Jude Okoye to hear his own side of the matter, he cut off the phone without reacting to the allegations.