The Nigerian police in Abuja have detained Deji Adeyanju again on Thursday.
A message from Ariyo-Dare Atoye, a long-time friend of Mr Adeyanju, said the political activist was arrested after 3:00 p.m.
It was learnt that the police are demanding to establish the conclusion of a murder trial involving Mr Adeyanju in the mid andlate 2000s.
“They are holding him at the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit over a murder case from his university days,” Mr. Atoye said.
“Even though it is true that he was arrested and charged for murder when he was a student of Bayero University Kano, we are very sure that he was discharged and acquitted in the case,”
As of 9:30 p.m., Mr Atoye said he had contacted lawyers on behalf of Mr Adeyanju.
“The police said he jumped bail in 2005 and are asking for him to provide the certified true copy of the case in order to establish that he was indeed discharged,”
Festus Keyamo, a rights lawyer and current campaign spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari, defended
“I represented Deji Adeyanju in the matter from 2005 until 2009, and I can tell you categorically that he was not only dischargedbut also acquitted,” Mr Keyamo told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Thursday night.
“Immediately I heard he was a student, I picked up the case and by the grace of God we won it and he was discharged and acquitted,” Mr Keyamo
“I am giving you this information because you told me he had said you should call to verify, I otherwise would never have done it because it falls under the lawyer and client privilege,”
Bala Ciroma, the police commissioner in Abuja, said Thursday night he was not aware that
Adebayo Raphael, one of the activists in Concerned Nigerians, an advocacy group founded by Mr Adeyanju, said the plot was to hold his colleague in prison for a long time.
“What they are plotting to do is to take him to Kano and manipulate a judge there to have him re-arraigned on murder charges, for which he probably would not be granted bail,”
The police said his campaign was
Mr Adeyanju was immediately arraigned in the afternoon of November 28 at the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Karshi, Abuja.
Although he was granted bail on the same day, he was unable to meet the conditions on the
On December 3, he fulfilled the bail conditions on the police charges, and was released from prison.
However, immediately after his release, the police, who had laid in wait near the prison for
He was initially remanded for two days on Mr Buratai’s charges, but secured a bail on December 6. He met the conditions on the stop and was allowed to go home for the first time in eight nights.
Following his release on December 6,
“He was there to pick up his last telephone today when they held him,” Mr Atoye said.
He has led several protests against the government, including ones demanding justice for members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and their detained leader, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky.
He resumed his advocacy on Wednesday, leading activists from Abuja to Kaduna to demand