More trouble for Nigerian singer Runtown as he risks prison sentence

The on-going legal battle over incessant breach of contract between Nigerian pop star, Douglas Jack Agu, popularly known as Runtown and his record label, Ericmany Entertainment, is still far from being settled. The label, which initially issued a court injunction against the ‘Mad Over You’ crooner few months ago claiming N65 million damages has come hard on the singer again as it has slammed him with a N267 million suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

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Popular pop singer, Runtown, may be remanded in prison for contempt of court over the lingering legal battle between him and his former record label, Ericmany Entertainment, as an Abuja High Court has scheduled August 8, 2018, for him to appear in court to defend himself on why the court should not sentence him to prison.

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According to court documents made available to Showtime, the ‘Mad over you’ crooner disobeyed a court order served on him on May 10, 2018, restraining him from further releasing any musical work or performing at any musical show in Canada, Namibia, Europe, Nigeria or any other place, in line with the order of the Honourable Court.

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Recall that instead of reconsidering his actions by heeding the contempt warning served on him by the court on July 4th, Runtown’s management issued a press release in which he argued that the previous court order had expired. A statement by the management of Ericmany on the recent development reads, “Recall that we served a contempt warning from court on Runtown on 4th July, 2018 after he defied court order and released a song.

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Rather than heed the contempt warning and retrace his steps, he issued a press release in which he argued that the injunction had expired. The injunction was to stop things until the hearing of our motion seeking to freeze activities until a decision on his status (whether he had discharged his obligations to us or not) is taken. It barred him from performing or releasing songs for the time being’.

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The statement went on to add that, ‘the legal advice we received was that Runtown was wrong in his interpretation of the rules of the court he relied on since he was already served with our motion and was represented in court on 31st May, 2018 when the court adjourned to 27th September, 2018 to hear the motion and the one filed by Runtown himself! To turn around after that day to proceed to do what the order barred him from doing, and what the motion served on him seeks to stop, is unjustifiable under the 7-day rule he relied upon.”


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