Deji Adeyanju Must Not Be Allowed To Disappear Mysteriously Like Baguda Kaltho

By Ikenga Chronicles December 18, 2018

Deji Adeyanju Must Not Be Allowed To Disappear Mysteriously Like Baguda Kaltho

Ikenna Asomba


Since Thursday, December 13, 2018, that the Nigeria Police Force, purportedly under the orders of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, re-arrested Political Activist, Prince Deji Adeyanju, he has been kept out of circulation from his lawyer, family members and friends, in what sources say he has been held in an unknown secret detention facility.

It could be recalled that Adeyanju was initially arrested along two others on November 28, 2018, in the country’s capital city, Abuja, when they embarked on a peaceful demonstration, calling on the Nigeria Police Force to be neutral and non-partisan in the forthcoming 2019 elections.

But in their usual characteristic, particularly under the Tyranical regime of President Muhammadu Buhari, the police arrested, detained and charged Adeyanju to court on trump-up charges.

As that seems not to be selling, even in court, the Police, four days ago, re-arrested Adeyanju and have kept him out of circulation over an alleged murder case that he was ACQUITTED of in the early 2000s, during his university days at the Bayero University, Kano.

President Buhari’s 2019 campaign spokesman, Festus Keyamo was Adeyanju’s legal counsel at that time.

Sadly, a case which the Courts had ACQUITTED Adeyanju of is what this Rudderless and Tyrannical administration of Buhari is mulling to reopen? How did we get here?

Buhari’s Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, must be PROPERLY SCHOOLED on what the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states in Section 36(9):

No person who shows that he has been tried by any court of competent jurisdiction or tribunal for a criminal offence and either convicted or acquitted shall again be tried for that offence or for a criminal offence having the same ingredients as that offence save upon the order of a superior court.

Again, since IGP Idris, in collaboration with the Buhari Presidency, feel Deji Adeyanju must be DEALT WITH for asking critical questions, keeping the Buhari government on its toes and accountable to the Nigerian people, and exposing their many lies since 2015, then, the POLICE MUST DISCONTINUE keeping Adeyanju out of circulation.

Section 35(5)(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stipulates that anyone who is arrested or detained in any place where there is a court of competent jurisdiction within a radius of forty kilometres, MUST be charged within 24 hours.

Several courts in Abuja are within the radius of forty kilometres where Adeyanju is been held. It behooves on the Ibrahim Idris-led Police to IMMEDIATELY charge Adeyanju or release him UNCONDITIONALLY.

Deji Adeyanju must not be allowed to DISSAPPEAR like one of Nigeria’s seasoned Journalists, Baguda Kaltho.

In 1997, Kaltho dissappeared in mysterious circumstances in Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria, till date.

Kaltho, some accounts said was whisked in a Commando-style by armed-to-the-teeth security operatives on the orders of the late Dictator, Gen. Sanni Abacha-led government.

REASON: To gag Baguda Kaltho for his very FEROCIOUS critical articles about the Abacha Military Junta.

Unfortunately, incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari served as the Chairman, Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), under the Abacha junta. Thus, Abacha’s man-Friday, when those atrocities were being committed.

It is against this backdrop that Yours Truly, joins other well-meaning Nigerians, at home and in the Diaspora to call for the IMMEDIATE and UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE of Prince Deji Adeyanju.


*Ikenna Asomba is a Journalist and Social Commentator.