The Senate on Tuesday ordered its Joint Committee on Police and Judiciary to review the re-arrest of Deji Adeyanju, activist and founder of Concerned Nigerians.
The followed a motion moved during plenary by Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district.
â€œDeji Adeyanju is a pro-democracy activist. He has been arrested twice by the Nigerian police for organising protests in the defence of democracy,â€ said Melaye.
â€œThis activist was arrested again by the Police, for a matter that took place 18 years ago. The judgement has been given. Deji Adeyanju and two others have been discharged and acquitted by the court.
â€œMr. President, we are in a democracy. Our Constitution has given us the freedom of association, freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
â€œThis is not acceptable to me; it should not be accepted by the Senate. It is time for the Senate to stand up and speak up in defence of Deji Adeyanju. We need to defend Deji Adeyanju, as we need to defend every Nigerian.
He asked the Senate to constitute a committee to look into the matter.
Melaye said: â€œThe Senate should constitute a committee to look into this. This is about our basic fundamental human rights.â€
His motion was seconded by Senator Emmanuel Paulker, representing Bayelsa Central.
The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, in his ruling, ordered the joint committee to report their findings to the Senate in two weeks.
â€œThis young man has been arrested and rearrested. This is a country that is seen as a leader in the continent. The committee should look into this,â€ said Saraki.