Activist Deji Adeyanju faces 10-year imprisonment after police arrest

Activist Deji Adeyanju faces 10-year imprisonment after police arrest

- Activist, Deji Adeyanju, was recently arrested by the police in Abuja

- Adeyanju, convener of Concerned Nigerians, was picked up for leading a protest tagged Police Are Not Politicians, Save Our Democracy

- The detained activist may be facing a ten-year jail term for his alleged crime

Detained activist and human rights crusader, Deji Adeyanju, may be facing a ten-year jail term for his alleged criticism of the federal government and top functionaries.

Top sources within the security and intelligence system confided in The Nation that Adeyanju is likely to be arrested and taken before a Federal High Court for allegedly contravening aspects of The Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015.

According to the report, a process may have commenced towards getting the police and the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation involved in arraigning Adeyanju on fresh charges under the Cybercrime Act before a Federal High Court as his current issues are before a magistrate court.

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Detailed exhibits gathered for use in prosecuting Adeyanju include several postings on his Whatsapp and Facebook accounts with allegedly unproven allegations against President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Army Chief Tukur Buratai.

A source quoted in the report, said the police have already publicised some of the online postings that may be cited under contravention of the Cybercrimes Act.

Penalties under the Cybercrimes Act range from ten years to life imprisonment though it remains to be seen how prosecution intends to interpret how Adeyanju infringed the law.

Part Three Section 5 (2) and (3) of the Act states that:

“Where the offence committed under subsection ( 1 ) of this section results in grievous bodily harm to any person, he offender shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not more than 15 years without option of fine.

“Where the offence committed under subsection ( 1 ) of this section results in the death of person(s), the offender shall be liable on conviction to life imprisonment.”

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Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, had in a statement on Wednesday, November 28, confirmed that Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams were arrested in Abuja on allegations of criminal defamation and breach of public peace, inciting public disturbance, derogatory conduct, among others.

Moshood claimed that the arrest of the three citizens did not violate either the Nigerian Constitution or the police establishment powers.

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