Deji Adeyanju, popular activist and convener of Concerned Nigerians, has been granted bail on Thursday the Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja.
Femi Fani Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, among others, stormed the Magistrate Court in Abuja on Thursday morning to express solidarity with Adeyanju, who is standing trial on allegations of “cyberstalking, inciting disturbance and criminal defamation”.
The offence is punishable under Section 391 of the Penal Code and Section 24(1) of the CyberCrime Prohibition and Protection Act 2015.
The presiding magistrate, Idiat Akanni, said the offence is bailable, noting that Adeyanju should not have been kept in custody.
She, therefore, admitted him to bail on the condition that he must produce two sureties with N500,000 in like sum, and the sureties must not be less than Grade 12 in the civil service.
Adeyanju, a former head, new media of the Peoples Democratic Party, was rearrested after he was initially released from prison by the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad on offences bordering on “cyberstalking, inciting disturbance and criminal defamation”.
His arrest sparked a furore with many Nigerians online accusing the police of trying to stifle the opposition.