Dino Melaye to surrender self to police
Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) has said he will make himself available to the Nigerian Police almost a month after he was declared wanted.
Officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) briefly detained the senator on Monday at the Abuja airport while on his way to Morocco on an official trip. The officials reportedly informed Melaye that he was on the Interpol watch list and could not be allowed to travel out of the country, adding that the embattled lawmaker was detained based on an order from the police. They denied arresting the lawmaker.
The NIS spokesman, Sunday James, in response to a query on the matter yesterday in Abuja stated the senator was only denied departure out of the country based on instructions from the police.
Melaye was placed Interpol watchlist on March 28 by the Kogi State Command of the Nigerian Police. He was accused of giving the police false information in connection with an alleged attempt on his life in 2017.
“I will make myself available to the police today,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday morning. “My resolve to speak the truth and defend the poor masses of NIGERIA is Total.”
“A man without arm, no security yet you mobilise 150 policemen to invite him. And those who committed Treason are free. We shall not be intimidated or cowed. Struggle continues.”
Two suspects paraded on March 19, whom the police said were part of an armed gang terrorising Kogi State, had claimed that the senator was their arms supplier. But Melaye denied the allegations, claiming that he was a victim of a “gang up to silence” him.
The suspects later escaped from jail on March 28 were, along with the senator, declared wanted.
“All the six suspects, Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu were sent for watchlisting and red notice by the INTERPOL for immediate arrest anywhere we see them,” commissioner of police, Ali Janga said in a statement.
But Melaye insisted that the suspects did not escape from prions. He accused the police of either killing them or being complicit in their escape from custody. He also threatened to sue the inspector-general of police if the “two suspects are not produced dead or alive.”