Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has reacted to the arrest of social crusader and human rights activist, Prince Deji Adeyanju and other protesters in Abuja.
Adeyanju was arrested Wednesday morning, alongside Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams and was taken to the FCT command of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), for onward arraignment in court.
Police in an official statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Jimoh Moshood said Adeyanju and his group of protesters have been charged of Criminal Conspiracy, Joint Act, defamation of character, public nuisance and sundry offences.
“Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams contravene the law and were arrested for Criminal Conspiracy, Joint Act, defamation of character, public nuisance, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, disturbance of public peace, inciting public disturbance, threat to public security and safety, criminal defamatory and derogatory conduct against constituent authority and breach of law and order under sections 96, 113, 114, 152, 183 and 391 of Penal Code law”, the statement reads in part.
Moshood said those arrested shall be arraigned in court in Abuja, while justifying that their arrest was done in line with the provisions of the law.
Speaking on the development, SERAP in a terse post on its official Twitter page called on the Nigeria Police to release Adeyanju.
The group also urged the police to drop all charges and allow Nigerians right to peaceful protest.
The tweet read: “Nigeria Police should immediately and unconditionally release Adeyanju Adedeji and other protesters and drop all charges brought against them simply for exercising their right to peaceful protest.
“Police should allow people to critique Aso Rock through their right to peaceful dissent.”