Deji Adeyanju has today been remanded in Kano Central Prison until February 2019 by a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kano state.
After taking his plea, the court maintained that it isn’t within its jurisdiction to hear or try murder cases against the political activist.
Naija News recalls Police arrested Mr Adeyanju on December 13, after accusing him of being an accomplice in a murder case while he was in school.
He was subsequently moved from Abuja to Kano State, to verify claims that he was acquitted and discharged in a murder case by Justice Mohammed Haliru of Kano High Court in 2014.
However, Chief Magistrate Hassan Fagge while speaking in court, said that he lacked the power to hear the homicide charges brought against Mr Adeyanju by the police, but said the political activist should be remanded in prison until February 6 when a higher court could be available to hear the matter.
Mr Adeyanju’s lawyer, Yusuf Suleiman, speaking on the case said : “This is clearly an attempt to keep him unlawfully in detention,” adding that the matter was concluded nearly 10 years ago and should not have been picked up again by the police, much less taken back to court.
According to Mr Suleiman, the police in Kano are playing politics with Mr Adeyanju’s fundamental rights in a gruesome assault on the Nigerian Constitution saying “they now charged him for attempted murder which the magistrate said he has no power to hear.
“Now a lower court is hearing a matter that the Kano State High Court had decided long ago,” .