Embattled activist Deji Adeyanju has reportedly been transferred to Kano by the Nigerian Police Force to verify claims that he was acquitted and discharged in a murder case for which he was arrested.
According to one Dare Atoye, an associate of the activist, Adeyanju who has been in police custody since last week Thursday was transferred to Kano. to verify if he was actually acquitted over the murder case by Justice Mohammed Haliru of the Kano High Court in 2009.
Reacting to the arrest of his client, Adeyanju’s lawyer, Tolu Babaleye, accused the Federal Government of using the Nigeria Police Force to persecute Adeyanju over a case he and three others have been acquitted for over nine years ago.
Babalaye said; “In this latest act of desperation by the President Muhammadu Buhari government to silence, detain and possibly eliminate Adeyanju, the Nigeria Police have now illegally and wickedly elected to review a case of culpable homicide on which he was discharged and acquitted about 10 years ago, ignoring the long-established principle of ‘Utre Fois Acquit’, which makes the case a dead issue that cannot be reawakened,” he said.
Babalaye also added that he was shocked that Buhari’s government and police have chosen to embark on a fruitless voyage of illegal discovery.
He said; “We are compelled, therefore, to state unequivocally that should anything untoward happen to our comrade, Deji Adeyanju, the remaining days of the present regime shall witness neither peace nor tranquillity.
“While the Buhari government and police have, in flagrant violation of our laws, chosen to embark on this fruitless voyage of illegal discovery, we are shocked by their recoil into ethno-religious biases and vendetta, arresting Adeyanju, the only Yoruba Christian in a group of four persons that included three Hausa-Fulanis, who were discharged and acquitted”.
Recall that the Senate, at the instance of Senator Dino Melaye has mandated its joint committee on Police and judiciary to investigate the matter.
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