A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kano has remanded political activist Deji Adeyanju until February 6, 2019, after taking his plea and concluding that it lacked jurisdiction to hear murder charges against him.
The police had rearrested Adeyanju on 13 December, accusing him of being complicit in a murder case.
Adeyanju was reportedly held in detention without charges for five days before the police moved him to Kano on Monday.
The police in Kano arraigned him before Hassan Fagge on December 19, but ordered his remand and scheduled today for the bail hearing.
But when the court opened at about 9:42 am Friday, Fagge said he had determined that he lacked the power to hear the homicide charges brought against 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.
Adeyanju was subsequently moved to Kano Central Prison.
Speaking to newsmen, his lawyer, Yusuf Suleiman, accused the federal government of trying to suppress a major critic a few weeks to the election.
“This is clearly an attempt to keep him unlawfully in detention,” Mr Suleiman said, 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.
The lawyer said efforts would be made to free Adeyanju before the February 6 adjourned date, including approaching a high court to immediately review the case.