Police Threaten To Declare Melaye Wanted

Sunday, 25 Mar, 2018

The senator also referred to a letter which the lawyer had written to the Inspector General of Police on March 21, in which he outlined several steps taken by the police command in Kogi state which according to him, appeared to indicate that the senator's life would be in danger.

The police also said the duo's refusal to appear will make them seek a Warrant of Arrest for them and declare them wanted throughout the country and on INTERPOL platform.

Meanwhile, the Kogi West senator, says he stands by his position to appear before the police only in Abuja, as he believes his safety can not be guaranteed in Kogi state.

The Kogi senator was specifically reacting to a report by an online news medium, in which he was reported to have fled the country and allegedly threatened to implicate President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and over 30 senators if they failed to rescue him from his travails.

"For the avoidance of doubt, I have not received any court summon either in person or by proxy in my house or office for me to appear on March 28 as being insinuated by the Police regarding the latest allegation against me".

The statement read in part: "Working on actionable intelligence, the Kogi State Police Command personnel and operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad trailed and arrested two (2) suspects, namely; KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA "31 YRS" From Dekina LGA but based in Anyagba (Leader of the gang) and NUHU SALISU a.k.a SMALL "25 YRS" (a member of the gang), after a gun battle with the Police team that lasted for some hours on the 19th January, 2018 at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State".

In a five-page letter written by his counsel, Rickey Tarfa, the lawmaker alleged that police officers in Kogi state were compromised and were controlled by the governor, Yayaha Bello. Mohammed Audu a politician in the state and that Alh. Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu and discovered that the two of them have case to answer. Dino Melaye to honour Police invitation or risk being declared wanted through Interpol.

"Our client being a prominent serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Chairman, Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Publicity and member of several other senate committees, will not and can not run from justice, but balks at being delivered directly into the hands of people who have made public threats against his person".

Consequent upon the confessions of the suspects, who were paraded by the Kogi State Police on 19 March, the Police sent a letter of investigation activities/invitation to the Senate President, requesting him to release Mr. Melaye to report to the Kogi State Commissioner of Police. Mr Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, and Mr Audu are to appear on 28 March to answer to criminal charges of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms.

"The Nigeria Police Force will continue to sustain the Rule of Law and maintain law and order throughout the country", he added.