EndSARS: Court stops case against Aisha Yesufu, Sam Adeyemi, Falz, others

A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has ordered Magistrate Omolola Akindele to stop the proceedings and stay action of the complaint against Deji Adeyamju and 49 others who supported the #EndSARS protest.

In November 2020, one Mr Okeke filed charges against Pastor Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre, Burna Boy, Davido, Falz, activist Deji Adeyanju .

Okeke alleged his property were destroyed during the End SARS protest and called for the prosecution of 50 defendants who promoted the protest.

Some of those joined in the suit include Davido, Burna Boy, Falz, Aisha Yesufu, Kiki Mordi, Tiwa Savage, Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi amongst others.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the lawyer, Kenechukwu Okeke, the Magistrate court is to immediately stop proceedings and stay action against 50 persons who supported the #EndSARS protests.

Justice Bello Kawu restrained the Nigeria Police Force from arresting or taking any action against the individuals after the court had ordered police investigation.

Deji Adeyanju, one of the defendants, filed an application before the FCT High Court seeking a judicial review of the substantive matter before the magistrate.

In ruling, Justice Kawu said, “An order of this honourable court granting leave to the application to issue and serve on the defendant an application for judicial review against the proceedings/direct criminal complaint of Hon. Omolola Tolulope Akindele sitting at Chief Magistrate Court II, Wuse Zone 6 in the suit of Kenechukwu Okeke Vs Deji Adeyanju and 49 others in suit No. CR/49/2020.

“An order of this honourable court, that on the grant of the above orders herein, serve as stay of all proceedings on the direct criminal complaint Omolola Tolulope Akindele sitting at Chief Magistrate Court II, Wuse Zone 6 in the suit of Kenechukwu Okeke Vs Deji Adeyanju and 49 others in suit no. CR/49/2020.

“An order of this honourable court, that on the grant of the above orders herein, same order as granted by the honourable court shall restrain the Nigeria Police Force, 2nd and 3rd defendants from taking any further steps, arresting and or taking any unconstitutional/illegal steps in the form of any guise as it concerns the subject matters whatsoever before this court herein as it concerns all parties in the proceedings.”