Nigerian Human rights activist and convener of the Concerned Nigerians Movement, Deji Adeyanju was arrested around 10:55 am this morning by men of the Nigeria Police force outside the Police Headquarters in Abuja.
The Human rights activists was leading a protest in front of the Force Headquarters in Abuja with the theme ‘Police are not Politicians, Save Our Democracy.
The protest had been convened to demand for the neutrality of men of the Nigeria Police force in the 2019 general elections in the backdrop of police harassment of voters in past elections.
Deji Adeyanju was picked up just before the commencement of protests alongside two others by armed policemen allegedly belonging to the Inspector General of Police Special Squad.
Mr. Adeyanju and his fellow protesters had been arranging placards and banners in preparation for the commencement of protests when they were arrested.
The Nigeria Police had blocked off access roads to the force headquarters to prevent the protesters from carrying out their rally.
The Concerned Nigerians Movement had earlier carried out a similar protest at the United States Embassy in Abuja where the group expressed concerned about the credibility of next year’s general election under the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group had also accused security agencies in the country especially the Nigeria Police of conniving with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to manipulate the electoral process in the country.