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My hiding from police, an act of wisdom, says Dino Melaye



• Alleges move to break doors, vandalise his house
• Police deny allegation, insist on arrest

Senator Dino Melaye yesterday said he would not surrender himself to the Nigeria Police Force, claiming that his hiding from arrest and investigation is an act of wisdom and not that he is scared.

The lawmaker representing Kogi West also alleged that the police were planning to break his doors and vandalise his house in order to forcefully arrest him. Melaye, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a tweet in his official handle @dinomelaye, compared his challenges to that of Prophet Elijah in the Bible.

“The Bible records prophet Elijah to be among one of the strongest prophets that lived, but he went to mount Carmel to hide when King Ahab sought him to kill him because of the way he boldly declared the truth. There is a difference between being scared and being wise.”

The senator said the police had toolboxes brought by a police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) van, with which they intend to break down his doors. “Police bringing in tool boxes to break doors and vandalize my house. Police EOD truck just brought them.”But the police denied the allegations and took journalists round the house to prove their claim.

The security agency has deployed additional officers to arrest the senator whose house has been cordoned off on Sangha Street in Maitama, Abuja.The siege on Melaye’s home has entered its sixth day.A team of policemen had stormed the his residence on Friday, December 29 to arrest him over allegations of “criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide, committed on 19th July, 2018.”

The police said the lawmaker was wanted for 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. Melaye, who claimed he was out of Abuja, told the police to secure the country, rather than chase him, saying “I am not a criminal as alleged by the police.”

The police claimed they heard him shout at an officer from a window on the building’s top floor.The operatives also allegedly cut off power supply to Melaye’s mansion as part of strategies to make him uncomfortable so that he could surrender for arrest, but the senator has so far remained adamant.The Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement, said Melaye had repeatedly spurned several invitations asking him to report for investigation into the case of attempted culpable homicide.He said the operatives would not leave the lawmaker’s residence without arresting him.

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