Siege On Senator Dino Melaye’s House Gets Worse
The Nigeria Police Force has for the past few days laid a siege in the Abuja home of senator Dino Melaye, because he had failed to surrender himself for arrest and investigation for attempted culpable homicide.
The NPF insists that the police operatives deployed in the Kogi West lawmaker’s house would not leave his Abuja residence, until they apprehend him.
The Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement which was published by Punch newspaper, that Melaye had refused several invitations asking him to report for investigation into the alleged shooting of one Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force, while on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State
He explained that Melaye and his armed thugs shot and injured Saliu, who is currently on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.
Police investigators, he said, had invited Melaye through a letter of invitation dated July 23, 2018, signed by the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, and addressed to the Clerk, National Assembly, Abuja.
Moshood said, “Melaye was asked to report on July 26, 2018 at the Kogi State Police Command, CIID, Lokoja to answer to a case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide against him under investigation in the Kogi State Police Command.
“The claim by the Senate President in the media that the police did not submit a letter of invitation to the Clerk of the National Assembly, is therefore incorrect as can be seen on the attached letter with acknowledgment stamp of the Clerk, National Assembly, Abuja, dated July 24, 2018.”
The police also tendered copies of pictures of the injured officer, the invitation letter to Melaye addressed to the Clerk of National Assembly and the medical report from the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, confirming the admission of Saliu to the hospital for gunshot injury.
Meanwhile, Dino Melaye, has finally spoken from his hideout on the reasons why he will not surrender himself to the Nigeria Police Force.
Mr Melaye, tweeted through his handle that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, will inject him to death if he is arrested. He also compared his challenges to that of Prophet Elijah in the Bible.
He also maintained that he will continue to remain in his hideout.
Also the National Coordinator, Advocate for Peoples’ Rights and Justice, Victor Giwa, has condemned the police siege and move to arrest Melaye, describing it as an abuse of his rights.
The activist, in a statement, asked the police to follow the proper procedure laid down by the law if the lawmaker was needed to answer to any charges.
He added, “As an organisation, we see the continuous occupation of the residence of Senator Melaye as a gross violation of his right to freedom of movement and personal liberty, as provided in the constitution.
“If the police need the senator for any offence or for trial in court, there are proper procedures laid down by the law to follow; anything outside that is persecution. We therefore insist that we shall mobilise our allies as civil society to resist any form of intimidation or harassment by the police. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.”