Court Stops Prosecution of Pastor Sam Adeyemi and others over End Sars Protest
A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has stayed legal proceedings against Sam Adeyemi, senior pastor of Daystar Christian Center, Burna Boy, Davido, Falz, activist Deji Adeyanju and others over the #EndSARS protest.
The High Court ordered the magistrate’s court to immediately suspend proceedings against 50 people who supported the #EndSARS protest, following a criminal complaint filed by lawyer Kenechukwu Okeke.
Okeke alleged in his lawsuit that properties were destroyed during the riots caused by the protest, and that those responsible for promoting the #EndSARS protests should be held accountable and brought to justice.
Justice Bello Kawu, who delivered a judgement on the application filed by Deji Adeyanju, who is also a defendant, for a judicial review of the substantive matter before the magistrate, 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.”