Saraki Fumes At IG As Police Continue Invasion Of Melaye’s Residence

Channels Television  
Updated December 30, 2018
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Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki has lashed out at the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, accusing him of playing partisan politics with his position.

Saraki’s accusations come on the heels of the continued police invasion of a residence belonging to Senator Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District.

Melaye had in a series of tweets on Friday raised an alarm that his residence was under siege.

The police on arrival barred individuals from going near the building, claiming that the Senator barricaded himself in an area of his residence in a bid to prevent his arrest.

Reacting to the ongoing siege on Melaye’s house, Saraki said the process is another instance of police being used to suppress the rights of the citizenry.

He said the siege is another ploy at silencing people with opposing views to the current administration.

“The general belief now is that the Police action against Senator @dino_melaye is aimed at keeping him out of circulation so that he would not participate in the general elections in February 2019,” Saraki said.

Saraki, in a series of tweets via his handle, aired his views about the police operation at Melaye’s residence, arguing that the police action does not follow due course.

Below are his tweets:

Operatives of the Nigerian Police for the second day have continued to keep watch at the home of the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, in Abuja.

The police on Friday vowed to remain at the premises until they arrest the Senator, who they believe had locked himself in a part of the house with the intention of evading arrest.

The police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, had explained in a statement that Senator Melaye is wanted to answer to the case of attempted culpable homicide in the shooting of a police officer, Sgt Danjuma Saliu, while on duty allegedly by Senator Melaye and armed thugs in Kogi State on July 19, 2018.

According to the police, the offence for which Senator Melaye is being investigated is capital in nature.

Melaye has promised to make himself available to the police next week.

The lawmaker representing Kogi West constituency, in a phone interview with Channels Television on Friday, said he is not a criminal and has no reason to run from the police.

He explained that the police invasion of his residence was unnecessary and that he will report himself to the police as soon as he returns to Abuja.

“I was informed that my house has been invaded. Over 40 policemen inside the compound and over 50 outside the gate. My staff were molested, beaten and handcuffed and taken away.

“Presently I’m outside Abuja. I’m a Senator of the Federal Republic of Abuja, I cannot run away. I will make myself available as soon as I’m back to town next week. I am not a criminal, I have not done anything wrong,” he said.

Melaye also accused the police of disobeying court order to release his international passport to him. According to him, a court order has said that his passport should be released by the police.