Citizen Sues Top Nigerian Musicians, Actors, Comedians, Footballers over #EndSARS Protests
A criminal complaint has been filed on Monday before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Abuja against 50 persons for their alleged roles in the October, 2020 #EndSARS protests.
The complaint was filed by one Kenechukwu Okeke who accused the defendants of instigating the protest that triggered a riot that led to the destruction of his property.
He also included social media comedians, Debo Adebayo aka Mr. Macaroni; and Maryam Akpaokagi aka Taoma.
Also included as defendants are Pastor Sam Adeyemi, 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.
He equally added ARISE NEWS Channel anchor, Laila Johnson-Salami, as well as social media influencers, Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro and Deji Adeyanju
Okeke said in his supporting affidavit that the defendants played active roles in the #EndSARS protests, which later became violent.
It read in part: “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 misdemeanor, 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.”
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