Deji Adeyanju arraigned again, remanded in prison

Photo of Deji Adeyanju arriving the Magistrate court Wuse this afternoon
The police urgently arraigned Adeyanju after arresting him on November 8 on allegations raging from public disturbance to criminal defamation. Police spokesperson Jimoh Moshood said Adeyanju’s activities on social media, which portrayed the institution and its leaders in bad light, have been documented and would be used as exhibit in his trial.

Adeyanju was granted bail after the arraignment last Wednesday, but he was unable to meet the conditions until December 3.
After being freed from Keffi Prison upon posting his bail against the police charges on Monday night, the political activist was immediately rearrested on the spot by a separate police team which his associates said had laid siege to the prison in anticipation of his release.
Adeyanju, a former political operative of the Peoples Democratic Party, had led several protests against public institutions and persons since resigning as social media director of the opposition party in early 2017.
 He participated in the protests to demand justice for the victims of Nigerian Army massacre of Shiites in Zaria in 2015, and subsequent killing of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria by security agencies. He has equally led campaigns for an improved welfare for Nigerian security forces, and called on the Nigerian government to reduce corruption in security earmarks.
He has been repeatedly detained, but the duration was usually brief, aided largely by the public support he enjoys on social media where public backlash was usually too much for the police to bear.
Although he was not so lucky with his latest arrest, Adeyanju’s associates said he would not be deterred by his ongoing tribulations.
“Deji Adeyanju understands that resolute minds who believe that Nigeria must be a free nation are with him,” Ariyo-Dare Atoye, a close associate of the political activist, said.
Atoye, who was amongst those present at the hearing to provide moral support for Adeyanju, said both Buratai and Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris should not be under any illusions that Adeyanju would back down on his activism after regaining his freedom.
“Deji Adeyanju would continue to agitate for the independence and fairness of security agencies,” Ayoye said. “And people like us would continue to stand by him no matter what.”

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