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Court grants Deji Adeyanju N500,000 bail after 7 days in detention

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DEJI Adeyanju, a political activist who was arrested by the police on November 28, has been released on bail.

Adeyanju had been charged to court on allegations of criminal defamation, and was granted bail, but he was rearrested based on a petition against him by the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai, accusing him of defamation, incitement, and cyberstalking.

Buratai said Adeyanju promotes Boko Haram activities through his posts on the social media, and by so doing dampens the morale of the soldiers taking part in counter-insurgency operations in the North East.

It was based on this on this second allegation that Adeyanju was arraigned at the Wuse Zone 2 Chief Magistrate’s Court in Abuja on Thursday, where he was granted bail after pleading not guilty to the charges brought against him.

The magistrate in charge of the trial, Idayat Akanni, pegged the bail bond at N500,000 and ordered Adeyanju to produce two sureties who must be at least level-12 civil servants.

The matter was adjourned to January 27, 2019, for continuation of hearing.

An associate of Adeyanju’s, Ariyo-Dare Atoye, told journalists on Thursday evening that the bail conditions were met within minutes.

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“This was a victory for democracy, one which was attained not only through the remarkable perseverance of Mr Adeyanju but also the resolve of Nigerians not to cave in in the face of tyranny,” Atoye said.

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