Sequel to a complaint filed by an activist, Kenechukwu Okeke against 50 #EndSARS promoters, a Chief Magistrate, Omolola Akindele in Abuja magistrate court, has given order to the Commissioner of Police in the FCT to carry out an investigation into the 50 persons.
According to the law suit filed by Okeke, he alleged that during the riot, his properties were destroyed and demands that the defendants who he said promoted the #EndSARS protests should be brought to justice.
However, the magistrate has given the Abuja police command a period of two weeks to investigate the matter and send a report for proper adjudication.
Read part of the letter written by the court registrar which was addressed to the Commissioner of Police;
“I am directed by the Presiding Chief Magistrate II, his lorship, Hon. Omolola Tolulope Akindele, sitting at Chief Magistrate Court 2, Wuse Zone 6, FCT Abuja, to write to your office to investigate the above-mentioned case and report back within two weeks for proper adjudication of the case.”
Those listed as defendants in the suit include the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi; Musicians Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, David Adeleke aka Davido, Folarin Falana aka Falz; and social media comedians, Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni and Maryam Apaokagi aka Taoma
Other musicians sued include Peter and Paul Okoye, Innocent Idibia aka Tuface, Bankole Wellington aka Banky W, Tiwa Savage, Michael Ajereh aka Don Jazzy; Ayo Balogun aka Wizkid; and Yemi Alade.
Apart from musicians, others listed as defendants include; Activist, Aisha Yesufu; ex-Super Eagles star, Kanu Nwankwo; a former Director-General, Bureau for Public Sector Reform, Dr. Joe Abah; journalist, Kiki Mordi, and actors, Yul Edochie and Uche Jombo
Social media influencers – Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro and Deji Adeyanju were also joined in the suit as well as activist, Tope Akinyode.
Okeke in his supporting affidavit, said that the defendants played active roles in the #EndSARS protest which later resulted in violence across the country.
The affidavit 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 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.
“Properties belonging to the complaint were egregiously destroyed by some riotous and tumultuous persons instigated and incited by the 1st to 50th accused persons.”