The Senate has ordered the joint committee on police and judiciary to investigate the re-arrest of an activist, Deji Adeyanju, by the police.
Adeyanju’s travails with the police was mentioned on the floor of the Senate, on Tuesday, by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial district, where the activist hails from.
Senator Melaye cited Orders 43 and 52 stating that one of his constituents, Deji Adeyanju, was invited by the Police.
According to him, it was not acceptable that the pro-democracy activist has been arrested twice by the Nigerian police for organising protests in the defence of democracy.
“This activist was arrested again by the Police, for a matter that took place 18 years ago. The judgement has been given. Deji Adeyanju and two others have been discharged and acquitted by the court
“Mr. President, we are in a democracy. Our Constitution has given us the freedom of association, freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
“This is not acceptable to me; it should not be accepted by the Senate. It is time for the Senate to stand up and speak up in defense of Deji Adeyanju. We need to defend Deji Adeyanju, as we need to defend every Nigerian.
”The Senate should constitute a committee to look into this. A matter like this should not be awoken from the grave. This is about our basic fundamental human rights,” Melaye said.
After his motion was seconded by Senator Emmanuel Paulker, representing Bayelsa Central, Senate President Bukola Saraki then referred the Point of Order to the Joint Committee on Police and Judiciary to investigate and report back to the Senate in one week.