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#EndSARS: Davido, Tuface, Burna Boy, Kanu, Sam Adeyemi, 45 Others Sued Over Protest


A criminal complaint has on Monday been filed before a Chief Magistrate's court in Abuja against 50 persons including Nigerian singers Innocent Idibia known as Tuface, Damini Ogulu 'Burna Boy', David Adeleke 'Davido', ex-football legend, Kanu Nwankwo for their alleged involvement in the #EndSARS protest which took place in October across the country. The complainant, Kenechukwu Okeke, a human rights activist alleged that during the riot, valuables were destroyed, saying active promoters of the protest be brought to justice.

The suit 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 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."

Others listed in the complaint are musicians, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz, Peter and Paul Okoye, Bankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W, Tiwa Savage, Michael Ajereh aka Don Jazzy and Yemi Alade.

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 were mentioned in the complaint.

Also, social media comedians like Debo Adebayo aka Mr. Macaroni, and Maryam Akpaokagi aka Taoma, and influencers including Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro and Deji Adeyanju were listed.