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Just-in: Sam Adeyemi, 2face, Davido, Falz, 46 others to face criminal suit over #EndSARS protests

50 persons, including entertainers and social media influencers, have been dragged in a suit over their roles in the #EndSARS protests.

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An activist, Kenechukwu Okeke, has filed a criminal complaint before a Chief Magistrate’s court in Abuja against 50 #EndSARS promoters for their alleged roles in the protests, with the looting and destruction of properties, that took place last October.

In the case which was instituted on Monday in pursuant to sections 88, 109(a), 110(1)(c) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, Okeke listed prominent personalities, mostly entertainers and social media influencers as the defendants.

Okeke in his suit alleged that during the riot, his properties were destroyed and the defendants who promoted the #EndSARS protests must be brought to justice.

Those listed as defendants include Musician Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz; social media comedians, Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni, and Maryam Akpaokagi aka Taoma.

Other musicians sued include Peter and Paul Okoye, Innocent Idibia aka Tuface, 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; 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.

Others are social media influencers – Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro and Deji Adeyanju were also joined in the suit.

Okeke, who alleged that during the protest, his properties were destroyed, stated that the defendants who promoted the #EndSARS protests must be brought to justice. In his supporting affidavit, Okeke said the defendants played active roles in the #EndSARS protest which later became violent.

The suit from Okeke partly reads, “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.”

While instigating a private criminal prosecution against all the alleged perpetrators and coordinators of the #EndSARS riots on Twitter, the plaintiff said the nation bled, lost lives, and properties worth billions destroyed as a result of the sheer recklessness of some persons.

It can be recalled that the #EndSARS protest against police brutality and extra-judicial killings, which started peacefully, witnessed widespread violence with loss of lives and looting and destruction of public and private infrastructure across the country.

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

42 Comments

42 Comments

  1. Modupe

    November 10, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    This is just an allegations, where’s your evidence. We’re you there when they brought huligans and how can you prove it.

    • Prince Aguocha

      November 11, 2020 at 12:42 am

      Your trying to draw the attention of your legislutas in the house, trust me guy,those criminals are already afraid of what is to come, the next protest will take the life of many of them, becare ful, so that you don’t lose your life,Nigerians were killed till tomorrow, you can’t find their dead bodies your here talking about your property, hmmmm.

      • Anonymous

        November 12, 2020 at 4:52 am

        Don’t mind the fool seeking attention that he will not get

    • Shear

      November 12, 2020 at 7:07 am

      Idiot, why not mame all the whole musicians and artists I’m Nigeria, its obvious u want compensation for a fraudulent case brought before the judge

  2. Ifeanyi udeji

    November 10, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    The drum is about to sound, let’s get ready but fools who think they have achieved in life will not understand it.

  3. Rachel Audu

    November 10, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Why are people afraid to mention those who sponsored the thugs and hoodlums to attack the peaceful protesters which eventually led to chaos?

  4. Christian

    November 10, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Please I don’t understand Mr okeke….

    • Anonymous

      November 11, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      Dude just needs free publicity, its the likes of him they used to sabotage a peaceful and well organized protest. Why didn’t he sue the failed administration?

  5. Anonymous

    November 11, 2020 at 1:26 am

    We are sick people

  6. Tommy

    November 11, 2020 at 2:07 am

    This one is dumb

  7. Pharaoh

    November 11, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Who ordered the military to open fire at unarmed protesters who had protested for 2 weeks without any violence or destruction? The Government is yet to give up the culprits and that should be the first thing before any instigation is made about the promotion of the protest. After all, it is enshrined in the constitution that we have a right to assembly!

    • Anonymous

      November 11, 2020 at 10:37 am

      That’s correct, cause i feel there are crucial matters that should be looked into first not trying to crucify harmless protesters that some of them met their end to unfortunate soldiers.

  8. Ike

    November 11, 2020 at 4:18 am

    This igbo man most be stupid, I bit he is been use by the hausa fools to cry out this suit because they control the corrupt judges and he will be told what punishment to dish out to the people, if we give in to this unlawful allegation that is the end of human free expression in Nigeria. They want to oppress human rights and create fear not to challenge this corrupt government in their insensitive of human feeling. The only way to challenge them back is to call for more protest if we give in Nigerian is doomed.

    • David

      November 11, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      I totally agree. This idiot will regret this stupidity. He is picking on them because he want to extort their hard earned money.
      The so called thugs and vandals am sure were government paid people. That’s how corrupt nations work.

    • Anonymous

      November 11, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Wisdom is speaking

    • Dust

      November 12, 2020 at 12:06 am

      Please listen to your self carefully.

    • Pira

      November 12, 2020 at 5:36 am

      Season 2 we soon comes out, lets get ready,because I think we all we dead here in this country.we start by putting fire 🔥 in all airport in the country so that u fools we not see anywhere to run to useless government.very you guy we see with ur eye what we happen soon.

  9. Babatunde Aboluwade

    November 11, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Who sponsored the thugs in SUVs that went to burn the vehicles of protesters in Abuja. This so called activist will go down with his godfathers into the annals of irrelevance very soon. Season One.

    • Anonymous

      November 12, 2020 at 12:25 am

      Mr man don’t allow this good for nothing government to use you because you are biting More than what you can chew,get ready

  10. Sunkclem

    November 11, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Has the security officers who has been accused of killing innocent citizens been brought to book and prosecuted? Show of power but, we will win through love

  11. Seun

    November 11, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I don’t understand the title. Can a private citizen file a criminal lawsuit?

  12. Philips Chukwu

    November 11, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Who is this nigeria idiot filing suit? God will punish your generations to the third and fourth.

  13. Anonymous

    November 11, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Who is this mad man

  14. Nippon

    November 11, 2020 at 11:34 am

    God will judge you Mr okeke or whatever you call yourself.the poor nigerians that lost their lives is not your concern?.and the lyers concour to your suit?.what a shame,abacha will drag you down to hell as you all participate in this suit, and the manifestation will start with your family now. I’m telling you as a prophet now. And to the rearers sorry, ladders oooo, leaders, your doom is very very close to you now.

  15. Abieba

    November 11, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Instead of filing suit against the federal government this foolish man is hear talking rubbish.COWARD! People like you are referred to in hindi language as gandu! In shrt u’re a mumu man!

    • Jdb

      November 12, 2020 at 12:46 am

      Several things are trying to play out here. Either this man is insensitive to the brutality that’s been opposed or he’s expressing his selfishness because no right thinking person should try to jeopardize the sacrifices of every stakeholder of #endsars and police brutality movement. It could also be that the government suddenly found an instrument in him to be used to intimidate or silence people who in the fultur might want to stage another protest. My advice for him is that he shouldn’t allow the wicked and clueless nigerian politicians to use him because that might not be too healthy for him. People are angry, hurt and unhappy already. He shouldn’t come and pour fuel in the fire that’s we not know how to estiguish yet.

    • Anonymous

      November 12, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      what a man you and your stupid politician friend can’t scared we the youth of this nation end SARS it’s just a warning wait for the next episode full

  16. Ihebom Cletus Ekeocha

    November 11, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I am so surprised at Kene. Are you bought to do this or are you interested in the ongoings in the political Nigeria? So you have properties and your fellow citizens are jobless in their millions. Your type shouldn’t live here. You are a traitor and shouldn’t be a true Igbo son.

  17. Anonymous

    November 11, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Mr complainants did your defendants led the protesters to destroyed your properties?

  18. Anonymous

    November 11, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Guy if you want people to know you or help you better use another means, not by this means okay. You and our political leaders are the same. And I think you are been used by them. Go back and learn how to do your home work well well.

    • Anonymous

      November 11, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      What is this nonsense,this government is even worst than what I thought. Which one is terrorist, my goodness so all this years Boko Haram has been killing people this good for nothing government didn’t do anything, now innocent people that didn’t do anything bad this evil men are freezing their account why didn’t they do that to the Boko Haram sponsors, who are they fooling, that stupid man okeke whatever his name is should watch out God will judge him and his co-actors, people lost loved ones and he is talking about stupid properties, he should go ahead and sue this evil government and the armies that came shooting at the peaceful protestants
      Is this a domocratic govt or what? What a shame even animals protect their own. This is disgusting.

  19. Smlieee

    November 11, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I think this stupid man I will need to suit all Nigerian youth then
    I think your talk you need to be suit as well.

  20. JustY

    November 11, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    If u need property or properties, just ask than fooling ursef. If u were bought to do this, same pple will kill at the end. Use ur head

    • Anonymous

      November 12, 2020 at 2:19 am

      Please we don’t want to be seeing articles like this. Don’t give unnecessary credit to attention seeker.

      Just #EndSars #EndBadGovernance

    • Anonymous

      November 12, 2020 at 7:19 am

      Dem be ready to face the war. This time will be blood for blood. God punish your generation. People who lost dere life, how resting in peace, you are here talking, dont worry you will be d one to die nest, dem you forget your property.

  21. Julian.

    November 11, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    It’s quite unfortunate how ibos are being used as puppets by these fulanis… it’s quite painful.
    Why tagging Me.okeke an activist?

    • King David

      November 12, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      This man is so materialistic, blind and insensitive. The allegations are spurious. It seems sponsored. Just a distraction and waste of time. The Youths must remain focused.

  22. Akinfe

    November 12, 2020 at 6:18 am

    You are a tortoise that is heading to a senseless journey and you will be disgraced. If this drum you are beating eventually sounds, you will live to regret it.

  23. UD

    November 12, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Okeke Why did you take this move like okoko, you drag 50 people to court and only you and your lawyer standing, Automatically 50*2=100 so you’re having over 100 lawyers against you okoko you better go and rent a stadium to accommodate people that will judge your action and Nile your existence forever because am sure that the court room will not accommodate these whole people you are dragging to court, OKOKO.

  24. Anonymous

    November 12, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Okeke abi Wetin u call urself, I can see u are supposed to be in rehabilitation center now, coz ur brain is malfunctioning, so they don’t have right to twit or send something on social media again, don’t worry wen Thunder from Burundi will strike u now u go get sence. Mad Animal, Anupama, ewu.

  25. Caleb moses

    November 12, 2020 at 6:40 am

    Oh my God what kind of country is these we asked for leaders nt rulers,hw can properties b more valuable than the life of humans nw am really convince that those rulers there r nt human the secrete cult they belong to is the worst,this intimidation won’t work,pls let those celeb n influencers go n get a lawyer from USA to come n defend them and put those fools to shame

  26. Anonymous

    November 12, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Some time I wonder if we’re in democracy, the so called leaders are doing nothing, they are just there for their own selfish interest, I think Nigerians should be wis

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ICPC Chairman reveals #EndSARS protests was financed with cryptocurrency

ICPC Chairman has revealed to the Nigerian Senate that the #EndSARS protest was largely funded with cryptocurrency.

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The Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Commission (ICPC), Bolaji Owasanoye has revealed to the Nigerian Senate that the #EndSARS protest was largely funded with cryptocurrency.

This is as he said there are strong indications that it could be used to fund Insurgency in the country.

According to a report from Vanguard, this disclosure was made by the ICPC Chairman, during an interactive session with Senate Joint Committee on Banking, ICT, Cybercrime and Capital Market led by Senator Uba Sani on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

READ: ICPC uncovers N9.8 billion Government money hidden in Aso Savings

The Joint committee was mandated to look at the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ban Cryptocurrency in Nigeria.

The ICPC boss while supporting the position of the CBN, said that the nature of operations of Cryptocurrency exposes it to money laundering and terrorism financing.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has said that the agency averted a $3million fraud linked to 20 bank accounts.

READ: ICPC moves against NDDC top management over corruption allegations, quizzes directors

Owasanoye further explained that the anti-graft agency currently has a number of cases linked to Cryptocurrency but is unable to track the suspects.

He brought the attention of the Senate to a period in 2018 when a number of globally rated financial institutions said their financial statements had been hacked with the perpetrators asking to be paid in Cryptocurrencies.

ICPC Chairman noted that the CBN as a regulator has the responsibility to ensure sound financial stability and it will be difficult to achieve in the case of Cryptocurrencies where the players are anonymous.

While sharing the experience of the Indian Supreme Court and how it ruled and admitted that it does not know what it is, he urged the Lawmakers to as a matter of urgency, take decisive action against Cryptocurrencies.

READ: Most powerful financial leader takes side with CBN, says Bitcoin is untrustworthy

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  • It can be recalled that the CBN had directed the financial institutions to immediately close the accounts of such persons or entities transacting in or operating cryptocurrency exchanges, warning of severe regulatory sanctions in the event of any breach of the directive.
  • The apex bank warned the Deposit Money Banks, Non-Financial Institutions and other Financial Institutions against doing business in crypto and other digital assets.
  • The latest directive is coming after the CBN had in 2018 stated that cryptocurrencies are not legal tender and as such are illegal.

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#OccupyLekkiTollGate: Lagos Attorney-General explains large police presence at Lekki toll gate

Lagos Attorney-General has stated that the State does not support the abuse of peaceful protesters.

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The Lagos State Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo says that the reason for large numbers of policemen at the Lekki toll gate during Saturday’s protest was to prevent the protest from getting hijacked by hoodlums.

The Attorney-General of the State disclosed this in an interview with Channels TV on Sunday evening.

“Our duty is to face the dictate of the law.

“The state does not derive any joy from seeing people brutalized, but we must ensure that we have a society where law and order prevails and where everyone is free and secure to go about their businesses.

“Your right to protests only extends to where the other person’s freedom of association starts,” Onigbanjo said.

READ: #EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu presents Buhari report on Lagos destruction by hoodlums

He added that the State Government wanted to prevent any problems during the protests, citing Covid-19 regulations preventing the mass gathering of people and hoodlums hijacking the protests.

“I believe that was the desire of the state government yesterday that people can protests, but think about the Covid-19 regulations, the existing laws.

“We cannot afford the sort of vandalism we saw before, the state was genuinely apprehensive that hoodlums might take over a peaceful protest, we have seen this before. And that was why the police came out in large numbers that this did not degenerate the last time,” he added.

READ: #EndSARS: Freezing of accounts may trigger further protests – Tunde Bakare

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Nairametrics reported over the weekend that Officers of the Nigerian Police Force arrested #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

This was confirmed by multiple media images and videos on social media, showing the protesters being arrested and loaded inside police trucks and van, popularly known as Black Maria.

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