Police arrest Senator Dino Melaye at Abuja airport

Senator Dino Melaye was first detained by security operatives at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja
Senator Dino Melaye claims he has been arrested by police

Nigerian police officers have arrested Senator Dino Melaye who was declared wanted by the Kogi state Police command for providing false information to the Police in connection with an alleged attempt on the life.

Melaye was also accused of sponsoring hoodlums and providing them with guns for heir operations.

In a post on Instagram Monday morning, Melaye wrote, “Stopped from traveling and under arrest. No retreat no surrender. Talk we must.”

He was seated on a chair with his luggage by his side at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

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The police is yet to react to his arrest as at the time of this report.

Stopped from traveling and under arrest. No retreat no surrender. Talk we must

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In an interview with Punch newspaper, he said, “‎My self and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and others were to be on an official trip to Morocco but while some have gone through the Lagos airport today, others are to depart tomorrow.

“I got to this airport I was checked in and was already in the lounge waiting for departure. Immigration officers invited me that there is a directive from the police that I can’t travel; that I am on their watch list. And I said it was not true, that the INTERPOL said they had not issue an alert on me. I opened INTERPOL’s website and showed them the denial. But they insisted that it was based on the directive from the police.

“I was disembarked and asked me to go to their office (at the airport). They snatched my passport but I snatched my thing back from them. I got it back! I’m still here with them. They circled me and said they were waiting for further instructions from the police.”

After Melaye shunned a police order to appear in a Lokoja court on March 28, the two suspects to be tried along with him disappeared from police cell.

However, they were re-arrested two days later in Benue state.

In a press briefing on 3 April, the police spokesman said the police would arraign Melaye and the other suspects on May 10.

The suspects are: Kabiru Seidu, 31, alias Osama, Nuhu Salisu, 25, alias small, Musa Mohammed, 27, alias Iko and Emmanuel Audu, 26.

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