The Nigeria Police Force said it arrested the Convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams for contravening the law, 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.
Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, who stated this in a statement yesterday, said they are already arraigned in court in Abuja for prosecution.
Moshood further noted that “the Nigeria Police Force is not unaware of the rights of every Nigerian to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, and freedom of movement as essentials of Democracy provided for by the 1999 constitution, Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended particularly sections 38, 39, 40 and 41. However, these rights must be observed with decorum, in good faith and without violating the rights of other millions of Nigerians to free movement and access to safety and security across the Country.
“Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams were arrested by the Police within the powers provided under the constitution, Police Act and Regulations, the Penal Code Law and Procedures to prevent crime and ensure safety of all Nigerians.
“The Constitutional rights of every Nigerian as stated in first paragraph above i.e Sections 38, 39, 40 and 41, these rights are not absolute as section 45 of the same Constitution provides for derogations to these rights.”
Recall that the suspects were arrested by the officers of Nigeria Police Force while leading a protest tagged ‘Police Are Not Politicians, Save Our Democracy’ in Abuja.
The protest was to demand the neutrality of the Police in the forthcoming general election.
They were arrested at 10:55am by armed policemen stationed in front of the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Deji Adeyanju was with some of the protesters at the premises of the building and while they were arranging the banners and placards in preparation for the rally, the Police arrested him.
Last Friday, the group held a similar protest at the Embassy of the United States of America, where they expressed concerns over the credibility of the 2019 general election.
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