After several weeks of what seems like ‘hide and seek game’, the Nigeria Police has finally arrested the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The lawmaker was reported to be on his way to Morocco when the police stalled the journey.
According to eyewitnesses, Senator Melaye and other passengers had boarded the plane and the aircraft was set to proceed to runway when policemen were said to have stopped the take-off and ordered the passengers to disembark from the plane.
The lawmaker has confirmed, through a post on his social media accounts, that the police arrested him at the airport.
He wrote: “I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Government after checking in.”
The Police authorities had on Wednesday, March 28 declared Melaye and Mohammed Audu, son of a former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu, wanted for allegedly providing false information to the police in relation to an alleged attempt on Mr. Melaye’s life last year
The Police, in a statement signed by Kogi police commissioner, Ali Janga, and distributed by the Force headquarters, confirmed that the duo had also been placed on Interpol watch list.
Senator Melaye had earlier written to the Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris that he was ready to submit himself to the police for investigation on the condition that the case must only be handled in Abuja and not in Lokoja or anywhere in Kogi State over what he termed Governor Yahaya Bello’s control of law enforcement agencies in the state.
He subsequently wrote the U.S. Embassy, the British High Commission and other foreign missions, alleging attempt by the police to hurt him.
The police declared the lawmaker wanted as they announced the suspicious escape from police custody some suspects who allegedly indicted Mr. Melaye over some alleged criminal acts perpetrated by the suspects in the state.