Senator Dino Melaye has raised alarm over the number of security operatives that have been sent to his following his arrest early Monday.
In a tweet, Melaye wrote, “Over 30 heavily armed fierce looking mobile police men have just stormed my residence in Maitama, Abuja.
“All roads leading to House has been condoned off, as heavy mobile police men blocked entry and exit of the road. They currently laid siege on in and around The house,” he claimed.
Over 30 heavily armed fierce looking mobile police men have just stormed My residence in Maitama, Abuja.
All roads leading to House has been condoned off, as heavy mobile police men blocked entry & exit of the road. They currently laid siege on in and around The house.
— Senator Dino Melaye (@dino_melaye) April 23, 2018
Earlier today, Melaye was arrested by security operatives after he was declared wanted by the Kogi State Police for peddling false information about an attempted suicide on his life.
Shortly after his arrest this morning, he wrote, “I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Govt after checking in.”
He was later released by security operatives after his arrest.
In an interview with Punch newspaper, he said, “My self and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and others were to be on an official trip to Morocco but while some have gone through the Lagos airport today, others are to depart tomorrow.
“I got to this airport I was checked in and was already in the lounge waiting for departure. Immigration officers invited me that there is a directive from the police that I can’t travel; that I am on their watch list. And I said it was not true, that the INTERPOL said they had not issue an alert on me. I opened INTERPOL’s website and showed them the denial. But they insisted that it was based on the directive from the police.
“I was disembarked and asked me to go to their office (at the airport). They snatched my passport but I snatched my thing back from them. I got it back! I’m still here with them. They circled me and said they were waiting for further instructions from the police.”
After Melaye shunned a police order to appear in a Lokoja court on March 28, the two suspects to be tried along with him disappeared from police cell.
However, they were re-arrested two days later in Benue state.
In a press briefing on 3 April, the police spokesman said the police would arraign Melaye and the other suspects on May 10.
The suspects are: Kabiru Seidu, 31, alias Osama, Nuhu Salisu, 25, alias Small, Musa Mohammed, 27, alias Iko and Emmanuel Audu, 26.