Police vow not to vacate Melaye’s residence until he surrenders
Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement yesterday that Melaye had repeatedly spurned several invitations to report for an investigation into the alleged shooting of one Sgt. Danjuma Saliu.
He said Saliu was attached to 37 Police Mobile Force and was shot when he was on stop-and-search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State.
He said the lawmaker representing Kogi West in the National Assembly is wanted in connection with attempted culpable homicide.
The police further stated that its operatives have a warrant of arrest against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker.
A team of policemen had stormed Melaye’s Abuja residence on Friday to arrest him, but Melaye said in a phone interview that he was not at home and would report to the police this week.
“Presently I’m outside Abuja. I’m a Senator of the Federal Republic of Abuja, and I cannot run away. I will make myself available as soon as I’m back to town next week. I am not a criminal, I have not done anything wrong,” he said.
The spokesman explained that Melaye and his armed thugs’ shot and injured Saliu, who is currently on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.
He disclosed that the police investigators had invited Melaye through a letter of invitation to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Abuja.
He added that the letter dated July 23 2018, was signed by the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command.
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 hi.
“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 spokesman said, also attached were pictures of the shot 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
He assured that the force would ensure thorough investigation into the matter, while making sure that the rule of law prevails.
He added that no suspect, no matter how highly placed, who is involved in any criminal matter escapes justice.
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