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69 Days After, Deji Adeyanju Granted Bail In Sum Of N500,000

The Kano State High Court on Monday granted bail to Nigerian activist Deji Adeyanju, after spending 67 days in detention in Kano state.

Adeyanju was freed on bail when his matter came up on Monday morning, with a condition that he must provide sureties and N500,000, according to his lawyers.

Mr Adeyanju was arrested on December 13 over allegations he was involved in a murder in Kano in 2005, but was discharged and acquitted in 2009 after a lengthy trial.

The previous acquittal and police’s failure to arraign Mr Adeyanju for several weeks after arresting him fuelled speculation that his detention was politically motivated.

Mr Adeyanju spent over two months of his detention fighting for a bail at federal and state courts, because the police did not bring charges against which to defend himself.

Adeyanju associate, Theophilus Agad, said the activist would meet the bail requirements today.

“He was asked to provide a senior civil servant in Kano State, and two pieces of land with N500,000,” Mr Agada said. “We are confident that this requirement would be met and he’ll be released today.

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