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PHOTO: Why Deji Adeyanju, and others were arrested- Police

PHOTO: Deji Adeyanju remanded in prison custody
PHOTO: Deji Adeyanju remanded in prison custody

The arrest of popular civil rights activist Mr Deji Adeyanju and others by the Nigeria Police on Wednesday, was in a way, not surprising as most Nigerians had suspected he was going to be picked up one way or the other, especially after he alleged that N5billion naira was given to five Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly members to impeach Governor Udom Emmanuel.

I am not saying his allegation on Akwa Ibom was why he was arrested oh or because he is a member of the opposition party of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)…before they arrest me too…lol…

…But Deji and his group going to protest (which is within their rights) at the Force Headquarters with the theme of their rally being #PoliceNotPoliticains was playing perfectly into the hands of the Police, as they delightfully accepted him into their abode without hesitation when they felt they have said enough to back up their case…lol…

The arrest is still generating a lot of condemnation both within and outside Nigeria, but the Police in their quest to prove that there is nothing unusual about the arrest, especially when they are convinced that those (Deji Adeyanju and his group) arrested have violated the laws of the land. The Nigeria police in a press release on Wednesday, gave reasons as to why they made the arrest.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood who issued the Press Release, said, Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams were all arrested for the following reasons: for criminal conspiracy, joint Act, defamation of character, public nuisance, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, disturbance of public peace, inciting public disturbance, threatening public security and safety, criminal defamatory and derogatory conduct against constituent authority and breach of law and order

Stating further, the Police said:
The Nigeria Police Force is not unaware of the rights of every Nigerian to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, and freedom of movement as essentials of Democracy provided for by the 1999 constitution, Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended particularly sections 38, 39, 40 and 41. However, these rights must be observed with decorum, in good faith and without violating the rights of other millions of Nigerians to free movement and access to safety and security across the Country.

Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams were arrested by the Police within the powers provided under the constitution, Police Act and Regulations, the Penal Code Law and Procedures to prevent crime and ensure safety of all Nigerians.

The Constitutional rights of every Nigerian as stated in first paragraph above i.e Sections 38, 39, 40 and 41, these rights are not absolute as section 45 of the same Constitution provides for derogations to these rights.

Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams contravene the law and were arrested for Criminal Conspiracy, Joint Act, defamation of character, public nuisance, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, disturbance of public peace, inciting public disturbance, threat to public security and safety, criminal defamatory and derogatory conduct against constituent authority and breach of law and order under sections 96, 113, 114, 152, 183 and 391 of Penal Code law. They are already arraigned in court in Abuja for prosecution.

For avoidance of doubt, attached are the exhibits recovered from Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams and some of the criminal defamatory comments and utterances, that is capable of inciting public disturbance, threat to public security and safety, criminal defamatory and derogatory conduct against constituent authority and breach of law and order pasted by Deji Adeyanju on his facebook page.”

The Nigerian Police giving update on the situation yesterday night said:

“The Nigeria Police Force today arraigned Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams at Karshi Magistrate Court, Federal Capital Territory for criminal offences of Joint Act, Criminal defamation, Disturbance of public peace, Threat to public security and safety and inciting public disturbance under the Penal Code Law.

The lawyers to the suspects were equally in court. Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams were remanded to Prison custody in Keffi, Nasarawa State after they failed to meet the bail conditions. The matter was adjourned to 21st January, 2019 for hearing.”

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