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Outrage as Kano court remands activist

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Another court orders his freedom

By Akpo Ometan

A sense of outrage swept though the Nigerian social media space on Friday following the pronouncement of a Kano Chief Magistrate Court that the detained activist and long-time critic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, Mr Deji Adeyanju be remanded in prison custody until February 6, 2019.

The court was presided over by Chief Magistrate Hassan Fagge.

Adeyanju who is the convener of the Concerned Citizens group had been re-arraigned on account of a murder charge over which he had been prosecuted and discharged in 2009 by a Kano High Court and in which he had at the time been defended by President Buhari’s presidential re-election campaign spokesman, Festus Keyamo, SAN.

Commentators say that the remand order was even more incongruous given that the same court had averred that it had no jurisdiction to entertain the case.

Paradoxically also, the remand order is coming on the same day in which the Abuja court had also ruled that Adeyanju’s earlier detention in respect of a protest he was involved with to the headquarters of the Nigeria Police was indeed a bailable offence and as such he should be released on bail.

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