The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has arraigned rights activists; Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams at Karshi Magistrate Court, Federal Capital Territory for alleged criminal offences.
Adeyanju, led a demonstration on Wednesday morning before he was arrested with the two other suspects by the police and remanded to Prison custody in Keffi, Nasarawa State after they failed to meet the bail conditions.
But Police in a statement by its spokesperson, DCP Jimmoh Moshood , explained that the trio were arrested for Criminal Conspiracy, Joint Act, defamation of character, public nuisance, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.
Moshood listed other offences to include: 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
The police noted that freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, and freedom of movement 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.
The matter was adjourned to January 21, 2019, for hearing, the police informed.
The statement read in part: “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.
“Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams contravene the law and under sections 96, 113, 114, 152, 183 and 391 of Penal Code law. They are already arraigned in court in Abuja for prosecution.
“For avoidance of doubt, attached are the exhibits recovered from Deji Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams and some of the criminal defamatory comments and utterances, that is capable of inciting public disturbance, threat to public security and safety, criminal defamatory and derogatory conduct against constituent authority and breach of law and order pasted by Deji Adeyanju on his face book page.”