Image: Adeyanju Deji
by Tope Oshin
The Director of Social Media of Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Deji Adeyanju has petitioned the Inspector General of Police alleging that one Segun Dada, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has threatened to kill him.
In an open letter to the IGP made available to our reporter on Saturday, Mr. Adeyanju noted that he was being targeted for elimination owing to his vocal criticisms in the social media of the government of President Buhari.
According to Mr. Adeyanju, “I write you this letter out of urgency and a genuine desire to prevent any tragedy from befalling me. I am the Director New media of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition political party. As a politician and an influential voice in our great country, I have come under several online attacks by members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who support president Muhammadu Buhari. They see my criticism of the president as a sacrilege and an affront on their decision to support Buhari.”
Writing further, he said: “I have repeatedly said that I am entitled to my opinions at all times and owe nobody any apology for my opinions but they daily attack my views and opinions and go the extra mile to always defame and malign my name calling me all sorts of despicable names. This has resulted into a civil case of defamation instituted by me against one Japheth Omojuwa at Hight Court of the Federal capital Territory. This same Japheth who works in tandem with Segun Dada has continued to malign me. I have always ignored them because I felt they were been childish and taking politics too far until the events of yesterday, the 26th of February, 2016.
“I had posted a comment on social media about the embattled former minister of Interior, Abba Moro, only for one Segun Dada who claims to be working in Aso Rock to come and start attacking me calling me all sorts of names like: murderer, cultist, etc. They have continued to defame and malign me for the past 1 and half years ever since the said Japheth made unfounded allegations against me of being a member of the Goodluck Jonathan Killer Squad, a murderer who escaped justice, a former cultist, etc. Out of maturity, I have restrained myself from responding to them since I had already sued the originator of the story, but Segun Dada will just not stop. He went on and on about the matter and said he will say all these allegations to my face. So we agreed to meet yesterday, Friday the 26th to clear issues. I went to the venue of the meeting at Sofa Lounge only to find him drunk and immediately he saw me, he flared up after I subtly told him we should talk. He pushed me away and broke a Vodka bottle to stab me.
President Buhari’s supporter who threatened to kill me within 2weeks today has apologized. SEE his apology:
— Adeyanju Deji (@adeyanjudeji) February 27, 2016
“An attempt which I succeeded in dodging. People sitting in the club gathered round and tried to collect the bottle from him but he resisted and broke about 2 other bottles and 3 glass cups in the Lounge. It took the club bouncers to restrain him and the bouncers practically carried him out of the club. He was so drunk to the extent that he removed his shirt and trousers. When I went outside the club, he kept shouting: “Deji, I will kill you. That is a promise.” I have about 4 witnesses who heard him saying he would kill me.
“I have decided to make this report to prevent him from taking my life as I have become afraid and knowing full well that he might not be acting alone, they might decide to carryout this threat. When I consider what happened three weeks ago when his accomplice, Japheth Omojuwa invaded our privacy by posting online chats from one of our PDP WhatsApp Group that are confidential and distributed same and our phone numbers to their APC thugs who kept calling me and other members of my Directorate to threaten them.”
Mr. Adeyanju then listed some phone numbers he alleged were issuing the threats.
“I am convinced in my mind that Segun Dada is capable of carrying out his death threats with the help of none state actors, some of who have already been calling us threatening us because we are criticizing president Buhari who they see as a god that cannot be criticized. I wish to appeal to you to look into this matter urgently with the view of properly investigating it and offering me adequate protection from those who threaten my life. I have already reported the incident of yesterday to the police close to my house who have assured me they will act on it speedily but I still wish to put you on notice sir. I am most obliged”, he said.
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Deji Adeyanju and Alleged Cultists Invade Abuja Club To Beat Citizen
Popular social media activist Segun Dada was allegedly attacked on Friday night at Sofa Lounge in Abuja by a team of armed thugs led by and loyal to Deji Adeyanju. The duo apparently changed words on Twitter on Thursday and Deji Adeyanju challenged Segun Dada to a physical meeting at the location of the attack. The meeting which was supposed to be an avenue to resolve the differences between the two men ended up to be an ambush for Segun Dada who suffered minor injuries from the attack.
Witnesses at the scene of the incident reported that Segun Dada was inside Sofa Lounge when Deji Adeyanju allegedly came in with about 8 armed thugs, believed to be cultists, all brandishing weapons and descended on Segun, leaving his clothes torn and wallet stolen. About 20 more men were said to have been waiting outside the Lounge ready to mob Adeyanju’s victim.
So @DejiAdeyanju wants to kill my younger brother because of one useless APC/PDP nonsense? I’m interested in this case.
— Dada-Stephen [DST] (@MrDada_Stephen) February 27, 2016
A journalist who was inside Sofa Lounge when the attack happened confirmed that the thugs, who were allegedly led by Deji Adeyanju himself, were allowed to bring weapons inside the club. Reports from the timelines of persons reported to by Adeyanju’s loyalists also confirmed the attack on Segun Dada while praising Adeyanju for the show of force.
Deji Adeyanju was allegedly tried for murder a few years ago and even though he denied ever being convicted for the said crime, he admitted to going to prison on his personal Twitter page in 2014. Adeyanju is also alleged to have been a cultist from his days as a student at Bayero University, Kano. It was during his days at BUK that he was alleged to have committed the murder crime he was allegedly tried for at the Kano State High Court.
Segun Dada through his lawyer confirmed that an official report has been made at Zone 3 Police Station in Abuja and the authorities are expected to investigate the matter and take necessary actions.