A team of armed policemen yesterday stormed the Abuja residence of controversial Senator Dino Melaye to arrest him for what the Police chief spokesman, Jimoh Ibrahim, called attempted murder.
Melaye, according to Jimoh, “is wanted by the police for attempted culpable homicide, the shooting and wounding of a policeman on duty.”
He said the offence was committed by Melaye and his thugs in Kogi state.
He added: “Senator Dino is a wanted man and the police are only in the process of arresting him.
“Three months ago, a letter had been written to the Clerk of the National Assembly to inform Senator Dino Melaye of the need to report to the police in Kogi State and he (Senator Melaye) has refused to do so.”
Moshood spoke in an interview with The Nation.
But the police could not lay their hands on their target yesterday.
They vowed to remain in the compound until Melaye surrenders.
The Kogi West Senator claimed he was not in Abuja when the police came calling.
The Cable last night quoted him as saying: “I am outside Abuja right now, I was told that they laid siege to my house. My staff domestic staff have been beaten up and arrested. This is what I have been crying out about.”
He accused the Kogi State (his home state) government of instigating the police against him. In His words: “There is a deliberate attempt by the Kogi state government to kill me, to destroy me. I have written the Inspector-General of police (IGP). My international passport is with the Nigerian police, I have a court order that it should be released to me but the IG has refused to honour the court order. “If the police that is supposed to maintain law and order cannot obey court order, how do they expect citizens to obey court orders? As I speak to you, my security detail has been withdrawn since April and it is all in a deliberate attempt to expose me, so that I will be killed and destroyed.”
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