Deji Adeyanju, the convener of Concerned Nigerians, and other Nigerians demanding the release of Omoyele Sowore and others in detention were attacked by pro-Buhari thugs in Abuja.
Some Nigerians who were protesting the continuous detention of Omoyele Sowore, Agba Jalingo and others held by security agents in the country were on Monday, December 23, 2019, attacked in Abuja.
The protesters, led by Deji Adeyanju and other human rights activists, were at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to demand the release of Sowore, Jalingo and others held up in various detention camps in the country when another group arrived the venue declaring support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“We are here to support President Muhammadu Buhari. The president is doing a great job in the country and we support him,” said Aminu, one of the thugs said.
Minutes after their arrival, they advanced towards the anti-government protesters seizing their placards and pushing them away.
Adeyanju was isolated and attacked viciously. He fell from a moving car, the gang of thugs beat him with sticks and kicks and blows.
The moment when Deji Adeyanju got beaten by counter protesters today. pic.twitter.com/o93RBn9TP7
— General Adeda (@tosinadeda) December 23, 2019
The policemen and officials of the secret police stood by and did nothing to prevent the attacks on Adeyanju.
Adeyanju was later rushed to the Maitama General Hospital where he was treated.
Adeyanju was unavailable by phone as his phone was switched off throughout Monday.
A source close to the political activist, shared on the Concerned Nigerians Whatsapp group, the following message:
“I just spoke to Prince Deji Adeyanu. He told me that as he was about to submit his letter on Omoyele Sowore at the Human Rights Commission in Abuja he was attacked by a 150-strong crowd of young, wild, drug-crazed almajiris shouting “sai Baba” whilst the police and DSS stood by and did nothing to help,” the source, who did not wish to be named, wrote.
“The thugs were carrying placards with Buhari’s face on it and they kept on chanting the Presidents name. He was badly beaten until he fell to the ground and went unconcious. He barely escaped with his life.
“Buhari and supporters, hear this and hear it well: beating up opposition members changes nothing. It only strengthens our hand, deepens our resolve, hardens our hearts and swells our ranks.
“Finally remember that you will not be in power forever and one day you will be called to account for your wickedness, brutality and tyranny.
“My younger brother Deji is a strong and courageous son of Oduduwa and a proud and fearless warrior. He cannot be intimidated or broken and neither shall he die before his time.
“He shall stand to the end and continue to fight for the voiceless and the oppressed. He is a Prince of the Kingdom, a leading light of his generation and I am very proud of him.”
After seeing various angles of what thugs did to Deji Adeyanju today for attempting to tell the Government of the day via a peaceful protest to obey court orders you will come to the conclusion that this Nigeria as it is today is not worth fighting for. pic.twitter.com/V9DxhG7zMQ
— If¥™ (@nnekei) December 23, 2019