Deji Adeyanju Granted Bail as Charly Boy, Fani Kayode Storms Court

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Nigerian activist who was arrested last week by the Nigerian police, Deji Adeyanju, has been granted bail by a magistrate court in Abuja.

SaharaReporters report that Idiat Akanni, the presiding magistrate, said the offence is bailable, noting that he shouldn’t have been kept in custody. She, therefore, admitted him to bail on the condition that he must produce two sureties with N500,000 in like sum, and the sureties must not be less than Grade 12 in the civil service.

Adeyanju is standing trial on allegations of “cyberstalking, inciting disturbance and criminal defamation”.

The popular activist was rearrested on Monday, December 3, 2018, after he was initially released from prison by the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) on offences bordering on “cyberstalking, inciting disturbance and criminal defamation”.

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Adeyanju and two others were arrested by the police last week in Abuja during a protest tagged: ‘Police Are Not Politicians, Save Our Democracy’.

They were subsequently arraigned before a magistrate court in Karshi, Abuja, for allegedly committing “joint act of criminal defamation, disturbance of public peace, threat security and safety and inciting public disturbance”.

Mr Adeyanju’s detention drew stern condemnation from rights groups and individuals, and many Nigerians who see it as a descent into brazen abuse of power reminiscent of the dark days of military dictatorship.

Foremost rights group, Amnesty International, said Mr Adeyanju has a right to protest, especially in a constitutional republic like Nigeria, warning that his continued incarceration could further deteriorate Nigeria’s appalling human rights records.

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