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Published On: Tue, Feb 5th, 2019

CSOs storm US, UK embassies, demand release of Adeyanju

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

A coalition of Civil Society Organization, under the aegis of Concerned Civil Society Groups has demanded the unconditional release of Human Right Activists, Deji Adeyanju who has been under incarceration since 52 days in Kano.
The group, led by Ariyo-Dare Atoye, Coordinator of Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Raphael Adebayo Co-Convener, Free Nigeria Movement, stormed the United States, United Kingdom and Canadian embassies on Monday in Abuja with placards of various inscriptions including “Tyranny thrives when majority are cowed”, “Democracy under Threat”.
They called on the International community to prevail on the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian government to respect the laws and release Comrade Deji Adeyanju who was earlier discharged and acquitted for the same offence.
Addressing the group, Atoye said that Nigerians youths played key role in the enthronement of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and are committed to bring the government down following the new wave of tyranny, disregard for democratic institutions and the use of executive fiat to engage in illegalities without regard to the rule of law.
He said, “Our fellow Comrade has been unlawfully detained in Central Kano Prison for the past 52 days with limited access to family and associates. And all efforts to recall the regime of the day from this blatant assault on human rights and free speech has proved abortive.
“The Family and Associates of our fellow comrade fear that a plot may be in the offing to eliminate him as we have seen in recent times in Nigeria – of cases and instances where suspects died mysteriously in police custody without any autopsy or forensic investigation carried out on their behalf,” he said.
He also accused the Director of Corporate Communications, Buhari Campaign Organization, Festus Keyamo (SAN) of being behind the persecution of Adeyanju as he was the lead counsel that defended Adeyanju in Kano.
He alleged that Keyamo and the All Progressives Congress (APC) plans to keep Adeyanju out of circulation as the general election approaches.
They further said that, Deji Adeyanju is the only Yorùbá-Christian among the four people involved in the case that the Buhari government is reviewing, while the rest are Hausa-Fulani Muslims. This troubling development has also raised the fear that the divisive regime is also pursuing an ethnocentric persecution of our friend. The Buhari government has through its clannish and provincial policies and actions widened Nigeria’s fault lines, thereby unsettling the country along ethno-religious lines”
Also addressing the group, former Minister of Aviation and Spokesperson of PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, Osita Chidoka said that the country is facing another regime that has refused to take the path of honour and respect for the rule of law. He recalled that if not for the voice of Deji Adeyanju, Buhari could not have been a President.
He called on the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to ensure justice is served to all Nigerians and not just on the party he represents. He asked President Buhari to release Deji Adeyanju and other political detainees, saying Deji cannot be tried on the same matter twice.
Meanwhile officials of United States, British and American Embassies while receiving the protest letter retrained from speaking to the press.

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