By Henry Iheanacho
A human rights activist identified as Kenechukwu Okeke, has filed criminal complaints before a magistrate court in Abuja against 50 persons over their alleged involvement in #EndSARS protests.
Some of the persons listed in the suit include Nigerian football star, Kanu Nwankwo, musicians’ Folarin Falana, better known as Falz, Innocent Idibia, aka Tubaba, and David Adeleke better known as Davido.
In October 2020, Nigerians took to the streets to protests and demand an end to police brutality and the dissolution of the notorious unit, SARS.
Numerous celebrities and personalities lent their voices to the protests which gained national and international attention.
According to Okeke, the riot which followed the suspension of protests, led to the destruction of his properties, hence the reason for his suit to make defendants who promoted the #EndSARS protests be brought to justice.
Okeke, in the court document posted on his Twitter handle on Monday, alleged that the defendants used Twitter, a micro-blogging platform, to instigate “some riotous and tumultuous persons” who destroyed his (Okeke’s) property.
He added that the actions of the defendants contravened Section 97 (2) of the Penal Code Act, C53 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2001.
In a tweet accompanying the suit, Okeke wrote: “Having initiated criminal proceedings against the #EndSARS riots promoters at exactly 1052hrs WAT, 09/11/2020, we shall ensure that same is diligently prosecuted in the interest of defence, public safety and public order. The Federal Republic of Nigeria is country of laws.”
There is a motion (ex parte) praying the magistratus for an order directing that the charges and other subsequent court processes in relation to the criminal proceedings be effected on the accused persons by posting, publishing and sharing same as they become due via @Twitter.
— KeneChukwu Okeke (@HumanRightsNG) November 9, 2020
Others listed as defendants include Musician Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, social media comedians, Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni, and Maryam Akpaokagi aka Taoma.
Other musicians sued include Peter and Paul Okoye, Bankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W, Tiwa Savage, Michael Ajereh aka Don Jazzy and Yemi Alade.
Apart from musicians, others listed as defendants include Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Sam Adeyemi; activist, Aisha Yesufu; a former Director-General, Bureau for Public Sector Reform, Dr Joe Abah; journalist, Kiki Mordi, and actors, Yul Edochie and Uche Jombo.
Others joined in the suit included; social media influencers – Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Ayo Sogunro and Deji Adeyanju.