Senator Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District has been hospitalised following an injurry he sustained in an alleged attempt by him to jump from a moving Police vehicle.
Melaye was said to have jumped out off the vehicle as the Police was moving him to Lokoja where he was to be paraded among other arrested criminals who implicated him in their criminal activities.
Senator Dino Melaye, was arrested Tuesday morning by operatives of the Nigeria Police drawn from its Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, is at present being treated at an undisclosed health facility in Abuja.
The embattled senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District under the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, was taken into SARS detention facility, located opposite the old Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN junction along the Area 1 expressway, Abuja, The detention facility is where hardened criminals arrested for theft, murder, cultism and other criminal acts are kept.
Our source in the police said the supposed parade of Melaye and other criminal suspects among them the re-arrested suspects who had escaped from prison cell, was to be conducted by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Aremu Adediran, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP. He was to carry out the parade assignment on behalf of his immediate boss, Jimoh Moshood, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, who is currently in China on a course.
Our source said before being moved out into the waiting vehicle for onward journey to his home state, it was alleged that Melaye was handcuffed to avoid possible escape from the security operatives, but it was not clear whether the handcuff was removed from his hands before the incident happened. Attempts to inquire from the Force Headquarters’ deputy image maker on the health condition of Melaye were not successful as he refused to pick calls made to his known telephone lines.
Recall that the men of the Nigeria Police Force reportedly forcefully carried out the arrest of Melaye without arrest warrant or court order in the early hours of Tuesday. Initial attempts were made by the police to arrest the senator after immigration officials disembarked him from a flight to Morocco on Monday morning. Following his release after three hours detention at the immigration office at the airport, the lawmaker’s house was besieged by over 80 armed police men from Monday noon until the early hours of Tuesday.