Police Gives Reasons Why Deji Adeyanju Was Arrested ,To Spend Xmas In Prison

The Nigeria Police have reacted to the arrest of social crusader and human rights activist, Prince Deji Adeyanju and other protesters in Abuja.

Adeyanju who was arrested Wednesday morning alongside Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams was later taken to the FCT command of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), for onward arraignment in court.

In an official statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Jimoh Moshood, the Police is accusing Adeyanju and his group of protesters of Criminal Conspiracy, Joint Act, defamation of character, public nuisance and sundry offences.

“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”, the statement reads in part.

The police also said it recovered from the possession of the trio some criminal defamatory comments and utterances, that is capable of inciting public disturbance, threat to public security and safety, criminal defamatory and derogatory conduct against constituted authority and breach of law and order pasted by Deji Adeyanju on his face book page.

The comments according to the police include: “We just want police to be neutral in this election”, “Police is not a department of APC”, “Police are not politicians 2019 elections in danger”, The romance between APC and the Police is unholy”, “Who killed Offa robbery Prime suspect”, Presidency, stop using police for political games”.

Other comments include: “Where’s the autopsy of Offa robbery prime suspect?”, “Police are not politicians”, Sack IGP like Osinbajo sacked Daura for invasion of Akwa Ibom House of Assembly”.

The police authority, however, acknowledged the fundamental rights of every individual as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution but said such rights must be exercised in such a way not to infringe on others’ rights.

“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.

“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,” the FPRO added.

Deji Adeyanju was arraigned in court and remanded in Keffi Prison, Nasarawa. Matter adjourned to January 21st 2019 for hearing.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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