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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Deji Adeyanju’s Arrest: Senate Begins Investigation Of Human Rights Activist

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The Senate has mandated its committees on police and judiciary to investigate the arrest of convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju.

This is following a motion sponsored by Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi west.
However, Melaye, while moving the motion on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, said the constitution guarantees freedom of expression of citizens.
“One of my constituents named Umar Adeyanju Deji was invited by the Nigerian police having been arrested twice for protest. He is a pro-democracy activist. He has been arrested twice by the police and released on bail for organizing protest in the defense of human rights and democracy,” the lawmaker said.
“This activist was again rearrested last Thursday on the orders of the inspector-general of police (IGP) over a matter that took place in Kano in the year 2000, specifically about 18 years ago. Mr president this matter was decided by a competent court of law in the Kano division of the high court of justice.
“The court of justice A. M Haliru, the judgment has been given and Deji Adeyanju and two others have been discharged and acquitted. Mr president I have the judgment here that I will lay before the Senate. We are in a democracy, where our rights should be allowed.
“The constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria has given us freedom of expression, association, freedom of the press. A situation whereby a security agency of government will be used to gag individuals from expressing opinions or criticizing the government of the day is not acceptable to me, to the federal republic of Nigeria and should not be acceptable to the Senate of the federal republic of Nigeria.
“We have no other place to cry except to the Senate. It is time for this Senate to stand in defense of the common man, to stand to the defense of Deji Adeyanju.
“As I speak, yesterday conclusions have made to take him to Kano for a matter that has been decided in a competent court of law. Mr president we need to defend Deji Adeyanju and every Nigerian.”
After the motion was put to a voice vote by Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Senate adopted it.
Saraki, then referred the matter to the committees of police and judiciary to report back to the upper legislative chamber within a week.
Deji was first arrested alongside two others during a recent protest tagged: “Police Are Not Politicians, Save Our Democracy” in Abuja,
The police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, had said Adeyanju was found guilty of making inciting statements on social media.
The activist and other protesters had gathered in front of Police Force Headquarters in Abuja and were arrested carrying banners with inscriptions against the police.
The chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, also accused him of promoting social media terrorism.
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