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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.

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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.

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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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FG petitions CNN over investigative report on Lekki shooting, threatens action

The Federal Government has petitioned CNN over its alleged bias report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting.

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The Federal Government has written a petition to the US-based Cable News Network (CNN), demanding an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting, to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.

The government berated CNN for its investigative report on the #EndSARS protest in Lekki area of Lagos, pointing out that the media outfit breached the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness.

In the petition written by the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to Jonathan Hawkins, VP (Communications) in CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia; the government said that if the international media organization does not carry out its demand, it will take any action within its laws to prevent CNN from making the #EndSARS crisis worse.

According to a report from Punch, the government’s letter dated November 23, 2020, is titled “Re: How a bloody night of bullets quashed a young protest movement”.

The letter reads: “Our attention has been drawn to an ‘investigation’ by CNN, entitled ‘How a Bloody Night of Bullets Quashed a Young Protest Movement’ and aired on 18 Nov. 2020, in which the international news organization said it uncovered that Nigerian security forces opened fire on unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Nigeria, during the #EndSARS protest.”

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“We write to put on record that the report did not just fall short of journalistic standards, it reinforces the disinformation that is going around on the issue. It is blatantly irresponsible and it is a poor piece of journalistic work by a reputable international news organization.

“In the first instance, the report did not live up to the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness. According to the website www.ethics.journalists.org, balance and fairness are classic buzzwords of journalism ethics: In objective journalism, stories must be balanced in the sense of attempting to present all sides of a story. Fairness means that a journalist should strive for accuracy and truth in reporting, and not slant a story that makes a reader draw the reporter’s desired conclusion.”

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It can be recalled that CNN in its investigative report broadcasted on November 18, disclosed that the Nigerian army allegedly fired live ammunition directly at unarmed protesters, who peacefully assembled at the Lekki Tollgate during the #EndSARS protests. While confirming some deaths, CNN said it spoke with over 100 protesters and family members, but didn’t speak to any government official.

In response to the Federal Government’s criticism of the report, which it described as a blatantly irresponsible and a poor piece of journalistic work, CNN insisted that it was standing by its report.

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#EndSARS: Insurance firms can seek refund after indemnifying victims – MD, NICON Insurance

NICON MD has stated that it is possible for the insurance firms to be compensated by the FG after victims have been indemnified.

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The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICON Insurance Limited, Mr. Muhammadu Bagudu Hussaini, has advised Insurance firms to maximize certain provisions in the constitution that guarantees their refund after compensating victims of the recent #EndSARS protest, opining that it is possible for the insurance firms to be compensated by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He made the disclosure during an interview with the Daily Trust, where he decried the high level of losses encountered during the protest and the imminent high claims on insurance firms, which if care is not taken, might affect liquidity in the system.

Mr. Hussaini stated that the government has the machinery to pay the insurance companies without recourse to treasury, but he was quick to point out that it is a dormant machinery.

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Elucidating his points, Mr. Hussaini said: “There will be a large volume of claims which the insurance industry would have to pay. I have no doubt about the capacity of the insurance industry to meet its obligations on claims that may arise from the destruction across the country.

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“However, two issues would arise because the context of the claims are huge and would come in at the same time. There will be no spread, thus this will impact the finances of the underwriters and may destabilize their finances.

“What happened was as a result of breakdown of law and order. Section 14 (2b) of the Nigerian Constitution vests the duty of guaranteeing security and providing for the welfare of the citizens in the hands of government – the executive precisely. I will look at the damages from the protest as a failure of the government to provide security and welfare for the citizens.

The section says the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. Thus, insurance companies have a subrogation right – the right to recover from the government their funds after they pay the claims arising from the destruction.

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Therefore, I advise the insurance companies to pay their claims and seek refund on the basis of Section 14 (2b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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EndSARS protests: British parliament to sanction request against Nigeria on Monday

The British Parliament will consider a petition demanding the British government applies sanctions against the Nigerian Government for alleged human rights violations.

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#EndSARS protest: Lagos loses N234million to tollgates closure, EndSARS protests: British parliament to sanction request against Nigeria on Monday

The British Parliament has disclosed that it will consider a petition by some groups and individuals, asking that it should apply sanctions against the Nigerian Government and officials for alleged human rights violations during the #EndSARS protest and Lekki shooting incident.

The parliament also claimed that the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Tollgate gave rise to the outbreak of violence and is waiting for the outcome of investigations by the federal and state governments into reports of police brutality and extra-judicial killings.

This disclosure was made by the parliament, in a response to a petition signed by over 220,118 individuals in the United Kingdom, requesting the UK Government to sanction Nigeria for alleged violations of human rights.

(READ MORE: #EndSARS: AU Commission calls for respect of human rights)

The response was signed by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and obtained from the official website of the parliament – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/554150.

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The reply from the parliament partly reads, “The UK Government is deeply concerned by violence during recent protests in Nigeria, which tragically claimed lives. Our thoughts are with the families of all those affected.”

“Parliament will debate this petition on November 23, 2020. You will be able to watch online on the UK Parliament YouTube channel. On July 6, the British Government established the Global Human Rights sanctions regime by laying regulations in Parliament under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018.

“The Foreign Secretary set out in full the scope of the UK’s new Global Human Rights sanctions regime. He announced the first tranche of designations, as well as the Government’s approach to future designations.

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“This sanctions regime will give the UK a powerful new tool to hold to account those involved in serious human rights violations or abuses. The sanctions regime is not intended to target individual countries.

“It will allow for sanctions to be imposed on individuals and entities involved in serious human rights violations or abuses around the world.

“We will continue to consider potential designations under the Global Human Rights sanctions regime. It is a longstanding practice not to speculate on future sanctions designations as to do so could reduce the impact of the designations. The UK Government will keep all evidence and potential listings under close review,” the parliament said in its reply.

(READ MORE:#EndSARS: UN to support Nigeria in bridge-building and police reforms)

The response pointed out the different interventions that the British government had made as part of the efforts to draw the attention of the Federal Government to cases of human rights violation during the #EndSARS protest.

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The parliament asked the British government to look at the possibility of imposing new sanctions that allow individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted.

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To impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police force involved in any human rights abuses during the protests.

It said the Foreign Secretary issued a statement on October 21 calling for an end to the violence and for the Nigerian Government to urgently investigate reports of brutality by its security forces and hold those responsible to account.

It can be recalled that there were petitions against the Nigerian government and public officials by Nigerians at the UK parliament over human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protests.

They called for the implementation of sanctions that would allow individuals and entities that violate human rights to be targeted.

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