The Nigerian Police has explained why its men arrested Deji Adeyanju, the convener of Concerned Nigerians, while leading a protest tagged ‘Police Are Not Politicians, Save Our Democracy’ in Abuja.
Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement that Adeyanju, Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams were arrested in Abuja on allegations of criminal defamation and breach of public peace.
Police said even though they have rights as citizens, these rights must be observed with decorum, in good faith and without violating the rights of other millions of Nigerians to free movement and access to safety and security across the country.
The Police accused Adeyanju, Abobama and Williams of contravening criminal statutes by their conduct both physically and online.
The Police spokesman also attached some placards and screenshots of Adeyanju’s Facebook page which the Police found to be criminally defamatory and capable of inciting public disturbance, threat to public security and safety, criminal defamatory and derogatory conduct against constituted authority and breach of law and order.