A criminal complaint case has been instituted against 50 Nigerians before a Chief Magistrates court in Abuja by an activist, Kenechukwu Okeke, over their roles in the #EndSARS protests that took place across the country last month.
He called for the prosecution of the 50 persons he listed as promoters of the #EndSARS protests because his properties were allegedly destroyed during the protests.
Okeke listed the following as defendants in his case; Musician Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy, David Adeleke aka Davido, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz; and popular comedians, Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni, and Maryam Akpaokagi also known as Taoma.
He also included other musicians such as Peter and Paul Okoye formerly known as Psquare and now known individually as Mr P and ; Innocent Idibia aka Tuface, Bankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W, Tiwa Savage, Michael Ajereh aka Don Jazzy and Yemi Alade.
The complainant also listed Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Sam Adeyemi; popular activist, Aisha Yesufu; ex-Super Eagles legend, Kanu Nwankwo; a former Director-General, Bureau for Public Sector Reform, Dr Joe Abah; journalist, Kiki Mordi, and actors, Yul Edochie and Uche Jombo.
Okeke did not spare social media influencers as he included the following – Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro and Deji Adeyanju.
He instituted the case on Monday, claiming that the defendants were instrumental to the violent end to the protest.
The case read in parts, “That the 1st to 50th accused persons between the 3rd day of October 2020 and the 28th day of October 2020, using Twitter, an Internet web source with URL https://www.twitter.com within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did conspire amongst themselves to commit misdemeanour, to wit, promoting and acting in such a manner, with intent to assist in the promotion of #EndSARS and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97(2) of the Penal Code Act, C53 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
“That the 1st to 50th accused persons with intent to carry out some common purpose, assemble in such a manner or being assembled under the composition of #EndSARS as to cause persons in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to fear on reasonable grounds that such assembly needlessly and without any reasonable occasion may provoke other persons tumultuously to disturb the peace.
“Properties belonging to the complaint were egregiously destroyed by some riotous and tumultuous persons instigated and incited by the 1st to 50th accused persons.”