A Magistrate Court sitting in Kano has granted bail in sum of N50,000 and two sureties to foremost human right activist and social justice crusader who also doubles as the convener of a group known as the Concerned Nigerians while the activist was also ordered by the court to submit his international passport.
Concise News recalls that Adeyanju was rearrested in December 2018 and charged for culpable homicide by the Nigeria Police Force, over a case said to have been decided upon by the Kano State High Court in 2009. He was thereafter remanded in Kano central prison where he has been for over two months.Speaking to newsmen in December, his lawyer, Yusuf Suleiman, accused the federal government of trying to suppress a major critic a few weeks to the election.“This is clearly an attempt to keep him unlawfully in detention,” Mr Suleiman said, adding that the matter was concluded nearly 10 years ago and should not have been picked up again by the police, much less taken back to court.
The lawyer said efforts would be made to free Adeyanju before the February 6 adjourned date, including approaching a high court to immediately review the case. However, Oluyemi Fasipe, one of Adeyanju’s allies also confirmed the development and said: “I can confirm to you that he has been granted bail. The bail bond consists of N50,000 and sureties with landed properties in Kano.”Police arrested Adeyanju on December 13, after accusing him of being an accomplice in a murder case while he was in school.
It will be recalled that when he was arrested last year a message from Ariyo-Dare Atoye, a long-time friend of Mr Adeyanju, said the political activist was arrested after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. It was learnt that the police are demanding to establish the conclusion of a murder trial involving Mr Adeyanju in the mid and late 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,” Mr Atoye said.
Mr Adeyanju was at the unit, which was specially established to tackle specific serious crimes ranging from kidnapping to armed robbery, to retrieve the last of his three mobile telephone devices which the police seized from him when he was first arrested on November 28.
SOURCE: CONCISE NEWS, PREMIUM TIMES
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