The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory located in Kubwa, Abuja has halted the trial of celebrities and legal counsels who were accused of promoting the #EndSARS protests in October 2020.
An activist named Kenechukwu Okeke had filed a suit against activists Aisha Yesufu, Deji Adeyanju, and singers, Burna Boy, Davido, Falz, Wizkid and a host of others.
The full list read thus;
Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, Mr Macaroni, Taaoma, Peter and Paul Okoye, Innocent Idibia aka Tuface, Bankole Wellington, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Yemi Alade, Kanu Nwankwo; a former Director-General, Bureau for Public Sector Reform, Dr. Joe Abah, Kiki Mordi, Yul Edochie and Uche Jombo, Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro, Tope Akinyode.
Justice Bello Kawu ordered for the halt of the trial following the application by renowned activist, Deji Adeyanyu.
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.”