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Political Persecution: For a Second Time, Court Clears Deji Adeyanju of Murder Charges

The Kano State High Court on Friday discharged and acquitted Deji Adeyanju of murder charges, Premium Times reports.

The political activist was arrested on December 13, 2018, over allegations he was involved in a murder in Kano in 2005.

Adeyanju was charged with murder in 2005 at the Kano State High Court, but was discharged and acquitted in 2009 after a lengthy trial.

The police then went ahead and filed murder charges against Adeyanju using the same material that had been previously dismissed by the court in 2009. Adeyanju spent 78 days on remand at Kano Central Prison between the day of his arrest until March 1, 2019 when he was released on bail.

His trial went on with Adeyanju insisting he was being victimised for his criticism of the Buhari administration. He said he was kept in prison to deprive him the freedom of participating in the general elections of February 2019.

The police denied the case was politically-motivated.

But Rabiu Sadiq, the presiding judge, ruled on Friday morning that the case contained exactly the same grounds for which Adeyanju was discharged and acquitted 10 years ago.

Adeyanju’s re-arraignment by the police “amounts to double trial,” the judge held.

No damages were awarded to Adeyanju by the judge because his lawyers did not seek damages in the court filings.

The activist welcomed the ruling on Friday morning, saying he was not surprised because he never doubted his innocence. He also vowed to continue his activism towards a better Nigeria.


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