Barely 24 hours after Nigerian singer Ekenedilichukwu Ijemba popularly known as Humblesmith exited record label, N-TYZE Entertainment, he has been sued by the label.
The suit was filed by the Management of the label against the Afropop singer in an Abeokuta High Court in Ogun state.
Ovie allegedly accused the “Osinachi crooner” of contract breach, assault and intimidation over a passport “theft” claim.
The MD of N-TYZE Entertainment, is, therefore, demanding a claim of N10m as damages following the alleged harassment and intimidation meted out to him by the officers contracted by the singer.
Counsel to the record label’s MD said as the artist’s manager, Ovie is by contract mandated to keep the singer’s passport, asking the court to declare the action of the police officers as illegal and unconstitutional.
The suit is also asking the court to restrain the police officers from further intimidating and harassing Ovie, directly or indirectly, while stopping the artist from performing in any musical shows, concerts, releasing any album, jingles and appearing in an event until the suit is determined.
In a Press statement released by the record label, the singer is reported to still be under the management of the label as his contract is yet to expire.
The statement partly reads:
Press Release/Public Service Announcement: HUMBLESMITH is still under contract with N-TYZE Entertainment.
Pending the determination of the suit, anyone, corporate or individual that engages, transacts and or contract Mr Ijemba Ekenedirichukwu (Humblesmith) to perform does so at their detriment as such act may be caught up in a legal web: Barrister KESHI ELVIS (N-TYZE Entertainment Lawyer)