Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Burna Boy, Davido, Toufeis, Tiva Savage and 45 others sued over #EndSARS protests
A criminal case was filed by a Nigerian activist named Kenechukwu Okeke with the Main Magistrates’ Court in Abuja against 50 people for their alleged role in the #EndSARS protests that shook the country.
Okeke said his property was destroyed during the uprising and the defendants who were in favor of the #EndSARS protests should be brought to justice.
The defendants include musician Damini Ogulu, known as Burna Boy, David Adeleke, commonly known as Davido, Folarin Falana, commonly known as Falz; and comedians from social networks, Debo Adebayo, aka Mr. Macaroni and Maryam Akpaokagi, aka Taoma.
Other musicians being sued include Peter and Paul Okoy, Innocent Idibia aka Tuface, Bankole Wellington commonly known as Banky W, Tiwa Savage, Michael Ajereh aka Don Jazzy and Yemi Alade.
In addition to the musicians, the defendants include Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Center, Pastor Sam Adeyemi; activist Aisha Yesufu; former Super Eagles legend Kanu Nwankwo; former Director General of the Office of Public Sector Reform, Dr. Joe Abach; journalist Kiki Mordi and actors Yul Edochi and Uche Jombo.
Other social media influencers: Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Odwala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro, and Deji Adeyancu also joined the case.
The case was instituted on Monday pursuant to sections 88, 109 (a), 110 (1) (c) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.
In his affidavit in support, Okeke said the defendants were active in the #EndSARS protest, which later escalated into violence.
In part, it read: “The 1st to 50th Defendant between October 3, 2020 and October 28, 2020, using Twitter, the web source on the Internet with the URL https://www.twitter.com located in the jurisdiction of this distinguished court, conspired with each other for the purpose of committing crimes, namely encouraging and acting in this way, with the intent to facilitate the promotion of #EndSARS, and therefore committed an offense punishable under section 97 (2) of the Criminal Code Act, C53 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004
“From the 1st to the 50th, the accused, with the intent to achieve a common goal, have united in this way or have united as part of #EndSARS to make people in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, reasonably fear that such an assembly is unnecessary and can lead to disturbance of peace of others without any reasonable reason.
“The property belonging to the complaint was beautifully destroyed by some noisy and noisy people, abetted and abetted by the accused from the first to the fiftieth.”