Sen. Dino Melaye arrested, moved to SARS hqtrs
Dino Melaye, finally picked up by police (NAN)
Reports coming in say that Sen. Dino Melaye whose residence was besieged on Monday by security agents has been arrested early Tuesday.
Melaye was said to have been moved to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Headquarters, Guzape, Abuja.
The Senator (APC-Kogi West) had twitted earlier today that he would make himself available to the Nigerian Police almost a month after he was declared wanted.
Melaye was also 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.”
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 Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) had on Monday confirmed the arrest of Melaye at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday morning.
Spokesman of the Service, Mr Sunday James, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Melaye was arrested by Immigration officials “based on instruction”.
The confirmation came hours after the senator, who represents Kogi West, announced the arrest on his Twitter handle at 7:32 a.m.
“I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Government after checking in,” he tweeted.
The police recently declared Melaye wanted after he was accused of supplying arms to some murder suspects, who allegedly implicated him.
Melaye denies the allegations, which he describes as politically motivated.
The senator was later freed at the airport but was trailed to his Maitama residence by the police.
The police have yet to confirm Melaye’s arrest.