Over 50 prominent Nigerians ranging from entertainers, social media influencers, political activists and lawyers have been sued for promoting the #EndSARS campaign.
Kenechukwu Okeke, a human rights activist is said to have filed a criminal complaint before a Chief Magistrate Court against 50 persons for the alleged roles they played in the #EndSARS protests that took place last month in Nigeria and later spread to other parts of the world.
The plaintiff in the suit is asking the court to bring the defendants, who ‘promoted’ the #EndSARS protests, to justice for allegedly destroying his properties.
Listed as Defendants are Musicians, Damini Ogulu (Popularly known as Burna Boy), David Adeleke (also known as Davido), Folarin Falana (Popularly known as Falz), Bankole Wellington (also known as Burna Boy), 2face Idibia, Tiwa Savage and social media comedians, Debo Adebayo (Mr. Macaroni), Maryam Apaokagi (Known as Taaoma).
Asides entertainers, others listed as defendants in the suit includes Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Activist, Aisha Yesufu, Ex Super Eagles Captain, Kanu Nwankwo and a former director of National Bureau of Public Reform, Dr. Joe Abah.
In a supporting affidavit, Mr. Okeke claimed that the defendants using Twitter and other internet sources played active roles in the #EndSARS protest which later became violent and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 (2) of the Penal Code Act C53 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
REPORT AFRIQUE had earlier reported how thousands of Nigerians were on the streets across major towns and cities in the country last month to protest against the unjust human rights violations by the disbanded Special Police Unit (SARS) on innocent citizens.
A date is yet to be fixed for the hearing. Meanwhile, some of the defendants listed on the suit have reacted to the suit mostly via their Twitter handles.
The Founder of Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Sam Adeyemi tweeted:
Human Rights Activist, Aisha Yesufu who was one of the first people to react, tweeted:
Creative writer and storyteller, Ozzy Etomi tweeted:
Asides the defendants, Nigerians have also reacted on Twitter to the suit filed by Kenechukwu Okeke.