An Activist, Kenechukwu Okeke, has filed a criminal complaint before a Chief Magistrates Court, in Abuja, against 50 persons, for their alleged roles in the EndSARS protests that took place last month, around major cities of the country,
Okeke alleged that during the protests, his properties were destroyed, and the Defendants who promoted the EndSARS protests, must be brought to justice.
Among those listed as Defendants in the charge, are Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, David Adeleke aka Davido, Folarin Falana aka Falz, Paul Okoye aka Rudeboy, Innocent Idibia aka Tubaba, Debo Adebayo aka Mr. Macaroni, Aisha Yesufu, and Maryam Akpaokagi aka Taoma.
The charge was instituted on Monday, pursuant to sections 88, 109 (a), 110 (1) (c) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015.
In his supporting affidavit, Okeke said 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 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.”