Popular Lagos preacher, who is the Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Sam Adeyemi and 49 other #EndSARS protesters have been charged to court by an activist, Kenechukwu Okeke.
Pleasing his case on Monday, he claimed his property was destroyed during the riot, hence, the defendants who, he said promoted the #EndSARS protests must be brought to justice.
Others listed as defendants include singers, Damini Ogulu (Burna Boy), David Adeleke (Davido), Peter and Paul Okoye, Innocent Idibia (Tuface), Bankole Wellington (Banky W), Tiwa Savage, Michael Ajereh (Don Jazzy), Yemi Alade, Folarin Falana (Falz) and comedians, Debo Adebayo (Mr Macaroni) and Maryam Akpaokagi (Taoma).
The list of the defendants also include activist, Aisha Yesufu; former Super Eagles skipper, Kanu Nwankwo; a former Director-General, Bureau for Public Sector Reform, Dr Joe Abah; journalist, Kiki Mordi, and actors, Yul Edochie, Uche Jombo, and social media influencers, Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro and Deji Adeyanju.
In the case instituted on Monday pursuant to sections 88, 109(a), 110(1)(c) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, Okeke, in his supporting affidavit, said the defendants played active roles in the #EndSARS protest 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 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.”