A man named Kenechukwu Okeke had on Monday, November 9, 2020, filed a criminal complaint at the Magistrate Court, Abuja against Aisha Yesufu, Davido, Falz and 47 others for their involvement in the #EndSARS protests and agitation for an end to police brutality in Nigeria.
The names of 50 Nigerians listed as defendants in Kenechukwu Okeke’s suit include:
- Social activist Aisha Yesufu
- Senior Pastor of Daystar Church Sam Adeyemi
- Music producer Don Jazzy
- Tuface Idibia
- Tiwa Savage
- Kanu Nwankwo
- Burna Boy
- Peter and Paul Okoye
- Kiki Mordi
- Banky W
- Phyno, etc.
Mr Okeke shared copies of the suit documents on Twitter, writing:
“Having initiated criminal proceedings against the #EndSARS riots promoters at exactly 1052hrs WAT, 09/11/2020, we shall ensure that same is diligently prosecuted in the interest of defence, public safety and public order. The Federal Republic of Nigeria is country of laws.”
Who is Kenechukwu Okeke?
Kenechukwu Okeke is a self-acclaimed human rights activist. On Twitter, Okeke describes himself as a “human rights activist, advocate, master of jurisprudence, messenger of God, Eze Nri, and radical defender of human rights”.
Okeke is the national convener of a civil society called “Good Governance Initiative”.
#EndSARS promoters are not the first group to taste Kenechukwu Okeke’s passion for legal proceedings. He once sued the Anambra State government for banning the use of tricycles in the state.
Reason for the lawsuit
Kenechukwu Okeke said the defendants through their Twitter accounts conspired to “commit a misdemeanour, to wit, promoting or acting in such a manner to assist in the promotion of unlawful assembly under the guise or composition of #EndSARS.”
Aisha Yesufu in reaction to the suit said:
“My joy is that they got my name right and I am number one on the list. Thank you #EndSars protesters. I am honoured to be part of you all.”