YOU HAVE NO SUCH POWERS TO APPROVE RALLIES” – PRINCE DEJI BLASTS NIGERIAN SECURITY HEADS

After the show of shame exhibited by the Nigerian
Police on April 21, 2017, when they arrested and
later released Prince Adeyanju Deji, Convener of
‘Concerned Nigerians’ group, the Commissioner of
Police for FCT invited him (Mr Adeyanju) for a
meeting on Saturday April 22, 2017.

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As narrated by Mr Adeyanju in his tweet messages,
he decided to go with a witness: Theo Kwame
Koffi. Reaching the venue of the meeting, he found
the Brigade Commander of Brigade Guards there,
the Director of States Security Services (SSS) FCT
and other two officers. They were seven (7)
altogether in the meeting.

After introductions, the Commissioner who anchored
the meeting began with a threat saying, “Mr
Adeyanju, we called you to warn you, for dabbling
into things that do not concern you.”
At this, Mr Adeyanju bursted courageously,
interrupted the Commissioner’s speech and asked:
Did you actually call me to your office sir and made
me leave everything I was doing to threaten me?”

The Commissioner replied, “No, but it is concerning
your letters about protests for Nnamdi Kanu of
Biafra and Zakzakky. We do not approve such
rallies.”
Again, Mr Adeyanju fearlessly explained to the
Commissioner: “Sir, it seems you did not read the
letters very well. You have no such powers to give
approval for rallies. We never wrote to you to give
approval for our rallies because you have no such
powers. We wrote to you for police protection.

Simple! If you decide to come and protect us which
is the job you swore to, protest will go on; if you do
not come, protest will still go on sir.”
When the Director of SSS began to speak, he
started by asking, “Deji, you were part of the last
government, you were not protesting. Why are you
protesting now?” Mr Adeyanju made it clear to them
that he organized #SayNoToXenophobia attacks
under the former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Emphasizing on Nnamdi Kanu’s case, the Director
of SSS revealed to Mr Adeyanju that the main
reason of his arrest on April 21, 2017 was because
he took on Nnamdi Kanu’s case; expressing that the
Nigerian security operatives had never interrupted
his rallies before now.
On this, Mr Adeyanju audaciously told the group
that the present Nigerian government has been
unfair and unjust to Nnamdi Kanu; maintaining that
“Concerned Nigerians” group condemns secret trial
against Nnamdi Kanu and will continue to oppose
it.

At the close of the meeting, the Commissioner
advised Mr Adeyanju to protest for every other
issue excluding the fight for Nnamdi Kanu. Mr
Adeyanju got infuriated at this point and said, “All
rallies will take place except if they (government
sponsored hoodlums) attack us at the venue.
In response to this event, Amnesty Nigeria tweeted:

(1)”Those in power need to imbibe this sum of
Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will
defend to the death, your right to say it.”

(2)”Those who sing your praises have limitless
freedom to do, but those who disagree with you
earn intimidation. What does that look like?”
Recall that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous
People Of Biafra, IPOB, has been granted bail on
October 19, 2015, at the Magistrate Court Abuja and
was later again granted unconditional release on
December 17, 2015 at the Federal High Court Abuja
by Justice Adeniyi Ademola.

In spite of these court orders, the Nigerian
government has refused to release Nnamdi Kanu
while seeking for every means to deny him open
court hearing, trial and justice.
#NoToSecretTrial
#FreeNnamdiKanu
By Somuadila

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