Security Operatives Move Dino Melaye From Police Clinic

Senator Dino Melaye on a sickbay at the Police Hospital in Abuja.

 

Some security operatives have moved Senator Dino Melaye from a police clinic in Garki, Abuja, where he was being treated. 

A source close to the family affirmed the incidence, saying that the lawmaker was taken to a DSS medical centre in Abuja.

According to the source, the Senator’s relatives are troubled about his health, especially because the parliamentarian has refused to be admitted at the DSS medical facility.

It remains unclear why Dino Melaye was taken away from the police clinic.

The Senator representing Kogi West in the Senate was arrested last week after police laid siege on his home in Maitama, Abuja, for eight days.

Melaye turned himself in after hiding in the house for days and slumped when he was eventually taken into custody.

The lawmaker opened the door to the residence himself on Friday afternoon in the presence of police operatives and some senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While coming out of the house, Senator Melaye slumped to the floor and was later assisted onto his feet.

He was thereafter taken to the office of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Guzape, the nation’s capital.

Police have announced the next step they will take after Senator Dino Melaye surrendered himself to them.

Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, revealed what the police were planning to do in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

The statement was issued shortly after Senator Dino Melaye surrendered to the Police Investigation Team at his residence at about 3:00pm.

He was wanted by the police for alleged criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide, which he reportedly committed on July 19, 2018.

“Senator Dino Melaye and his armed thugs attacked police personnel, shot and wounded SGT Danjuma Saliu on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State,” Moshood said.

“The Police Officer, Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care in the hospital.”

The police spokesman said the lawmaker has since surrendered to the force and has been taken into custody for investigation.

He added that Senator Melaye was subsequently taken to the Police Hospital in Abuja for medical attention and in stable condition.

On the next step to take, Moshood said an investigation into the alleged crimes against the senator was ongoing and the case would be taken to court on completion of the investigation.

Alleged Gunrunning: Melaye Fails To Appear In Court

Assassination Claim: Court Adjourns Melaye's Trial Indefinitely
Senator Dino Melaye (file)

 

Senator Dino Melaye has failed to appear at the Magistrate Court in Lokoja for the continuation of his trial over an alleged gunrunning.

The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District is being tried over the alleged illegal possession of firearms and arms.

His lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) who was represented in court by Yemi Mohammed told the trial Magistrate, Suleyman Abdallah, that he “had it on good authority that Senator Melaye was attacked on Wednesday” in Abuja.

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Mr Mohammed told the court that the incident occurred after the Senator’s arraignment at the FCT High Court in Apo on six counts bordering on attempted suicide, attempt to escape from custody and damage of police property.

“I learned he was attacked yesterday in Gwagwalada on his way home from the (FCT High) court,” he said.

“Up till now, I have not been able to reach him. I don’t know where he is at the moment.”

An officer in charge of police prosecution, Theophilus Otema, also told the court that the prosecuting counsel, Alex Izinyon, who was absent from the trial had an emergency that made it extremely difficult for him to appear.

Mr Otema asked for an adjournment till September 23, but the Magistrate opposed the request, saying it contravened administration of criminal justice law of Kogi state as amended.

The judge, therefore, adjourned the case till August 9, 2018, for the commencement of trial.

 

 

 

Melaye, Kwankwaso, 12 Other Senators Defect To PDP

 

Fourteen senators on Tuesday defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senator Dino Melaye, former Governor of Kano Rabiu Kwankwaso and 11 others senators defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while one other Senator is undecided on which party to join.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki made the announcement on Tuesday during plenary.

Senators Suleiman Hunkuyi, who was suspended by the Kaduna APC, Abdulazeez Nyako (Adamawa). Barnabas Gemade (Benue), and Ibrahim Dambaba were among those who defected.

Others are Senators Shaaba Lafiaji (Kwara), Rafiu Ibrahim (Kwara), Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo) and Usman Nafada (Gombe) Ubale Shittu, Isah Misau, Suleiman Nazif, and Soji Akanbi.

After the announcement by the Senate President, some Senators started chanting “PDP”, in the chamber.

The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, appealed to the defecting Senators not to defect.

He noted that the ruling party APC has its own internal disagreement but “this does not translate to factionalization, therefore, they (Senators) have no reason to defect”.

The defecting Senators, however, ignored his appeal.

Melaye Asks Buhari To Apologise For ‘Criticising’ NASS

 

The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to apologise for allegedly making disparaging statements against the integrity of the Parliament where he said some lawmakers have been in the National Assembly for 10 years without doing anything.

Senator Melaye during plenary on Thursday drew the attention of the Senate to the comments which he described as uncomplimentary language and has asked President Buhari to tender an apology to the National Assembly.

Senator Melaye also presented video evidence to the Senate showing where President Buhari made the statement when he met with members of his campaign organisation led by Comptroller of Nigerian Customs, Hameed Ali at the Aso Rock Villa.

Senator Melaye also questioned why the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali should be at the head of the campaign organisation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He says the Nigeria Customs is a paramilitary organisation and argues that the position of Comptroller General is a rank which should be separated from politics.

The lawmaker said this was part of why he moved the motion earlier that the Comptroller of Customs should wear his uniform.

Melaye’s Recall: Group Wants INEC To Punish Those Behind Forged Signatures

Recall: Melaye Rejects Appeal Court Judgement, Heads For Supreme Court
File photo: Senator Dino Melaye

A group under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to prosecute those involved in forging signatures for the recall process of the Senator representing the Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye.

The group is of the opinion that there were irregularities, manipulations and forgery during the recall process.

In a statement by the spokesman of the group, Theophilus Abu Agada, the group is calling on the INEC chairman Professor  Mahmood Yakubu,  to prosecute all those who played a role in perpetrating forgery and also conniving with the initiators of Senator Melaye’s recall to smuggle in names of those who never appended their signatures to the purported list, asking for the recall of the Senator as this portends serious dangers for the 2019 elections.

“If Professor Mahmood Yakubu, fails to do this, it will, therefore, mean he lacks the moral value to continue as INEC chairman since all these things happened under his watch.

“We equally enjoin the electorates whose names were fraudulently included in the recall list to approach the  Court for redress as our organisation, Concerned Nigerians is willing to provide legal services and other supports for the affected persons to get justice.

“Most of the electorates we spoke with told us in confidence that they neither wrote nor signed the purported list calling for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye.

“We are calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission to as a matter of urgency investigate and prosecute those responsible for the names that were smuggled into the list.

“INEC and it’s officials must ensure such people stop making a mockery of our democratic system and allow the people to freely make their democratic choice as regards who govern or represent them at all times”.

Senate Summons IGP Over Melaye, Killings

Inspector-General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris

 

The Senate has summoned Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, (IGP) to appear before plenary on Thursday.

The IGP is to brief the lawmakers on the arrest of the Senator representing the Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye.

This comes after the Senator was held in detention on Monday by immigration officials at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport preventing him from travelling to Morocco.

He was on Tuesday arrested by men of the IGP’s monitoring team and was being conveyed to Lokoja when he reportedly jumped out of the moving police vehicle.

The lawmaker has since been rushed to Zankli hospital in Mabushi district of Abuja and later transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

The lawmakers are concerned with the series of killings in the country.

This follows the recent killing of 19 worshippers including two priests in a Catholic church in the Gwer East Area of Benue state, north-central Nigeria.

 

Dino Melaye’s Arrest ‘A Sad Reminder Of Hitler’s Gestapo Strategies’ – Ozekhome

As the controversy over the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye rages, the embattled lawmaker’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has accused the police of abducting his client and adopting strategies reminiscent of Adolph Hitler’s Nazi regime.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria told Channels Television in an exclusive interview on Tuesday that his client was abducted by the police with the aim of forcefully arraigning him at a Federal High Court in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

“It is a sad reminder of Hitler’s Gestapo strategies of attempting to annihilate all opponents,” Ozekhome said, warning that the situation may get worse as the 2019 elections draw nearer.

“Nigerians have to wake up to the realities of the perilous times that we are now going through and more perilous times in the days, the weeks, the months ahead because of 2019 elections.”

Hours after Senator Melaye’s arrest on Tuesday morning by the police, he jumped from a moving police vehicle, injuring himself in the process. He was subsequently taken to a hospital in Abuja.

The police accused him of attempting to flee with the aid of hoodlums, but Ozekhome rejected the allegation.

According to him, the police deceived the Senator into submitting himself to them by telling him that he is to be arraigned in a court in Abuja only for them to head towards Lokoja.

He said upon realising the plan, the Senator was forced to jump out of the vehicle.

Ozekhome described the attempt to take the Senator to Lokoja as an affront to democracy and the rule of law.

On why Senator Melaye did not want to be tried in Lokoja, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria said, “Dino has also complained that the various attempts to make sure that he is tried in Lokoja are for them to have an opportunity for sending him to jail at all cost; first, to be detained at the cell where – Dino told me as his lawyer – he feared that they will inject him or poison his food so that he would die instalmentally (sic) if not suddenly. Because of that, he said he would not go to Lokoja for trial.”

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome

Police Arrest Senator Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye

24 hours after the immigration officials detained the Senator representing the Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, the police have arrested him.

The lawmaker was on Tuesday arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP’s) Monitoring Unit in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He is being interrogated over his alleged involvement in the supply of arms to some political thugs arrested in Kogi State.

Today’s arrest comes after the police laid siege to his Maitama residence in Abuja

The lawmaker lamented that over 30 heavily armed fierce mobile policemen on Monday stormed his home.

According to the Senator, “All roads leading to my House has been cordoned off, as heavy mobile policemen blocked entry & exit of the road.

“They currently laid siege on in and around The house”.

The lawmaker took to his Twitter page to make this known.

He was earlier arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja on his way to Morocco.

Channels Television learned that immigration officials told him that he is on the Interpol watch list and cannot be allowed to travel out of the country.

But the Immigration officials alleged that he was detained based on an order from Interpol.

Immigration Officials Arrest Kogi Senator, Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye

 

Men of the Nigeria Immigration Service have arrested the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye.

Senator Melaye was on Monday arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja on his way to Morocco.

His arrest may not be unconnected to his refusal to report at the Force Headquarters in Kogi for questioning.

Melaye took to Twitter to announce his arrest.

“I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Govt after checking in,” he said on Twitter.

The police had on April 3, warned the Senator to appear in court ahead of his arraignment on May 10, 2018.

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He is to be arraigned on a case of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms already filed before a Federal High Court in Lokoja, Kogi State.

But the lawmaker failed to honour the invitation and a court summon issued him by the Force on March 24.

According to the police, the Senator is wanted on grounds of criminal offences of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms.

Melaye’s summon follows the arrest of two men in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, on January 19, after they confessed to having committed various crimes such as kidnappings and armed robbery.

They also disclosed that the Senator had handed them a bag containing firearms.

The police while parading Kabiru Seidu and five other suspects who escaped from a detention facility in Lokoja, said it is in the interest of Senator Melaye to voluntarily report to the Police in order to forestall the execution of an arrest warrant issued against him.

Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, explained that the suspects whose confession indicted Senator Melaye and Mohammed Audu as sponsors of thuggery in Kogi will be arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lokoja on May 10, 2018.

Police Re-Arrest Three Of Six Escaped Suspects In Kogi

File photo

 

The police authorities in Kogi State say they have re-arrested three of the six suspects who broke out of custody on Wednesday.

Newly appointed Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Esa Ogbu, confirmed the development to Channels Television but declined to give the names of the re-arrested suspects.

It is unclear if the two suspects who accused Senator Dino Melaye of supplying them guns are among the three suspects re-arrested.

The men had been declared wanted by the police after their escape and a manhunt started for them.

Shortly after their escape, the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris ordered the removal of the Commissioner of Police Ali Jang and the posting of a new commissioner of police to the state.

Allegations

The latest saga involving Senator Melaye started on March 19 when the police accused the Senator of sponsoring and arming thugs in Kogi State.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement that day that two men arrested by the police confessed to the various crimes, including several kidnappings and armed robbery in the state, and that they were political thugs armed by Senator Melaye.

The Senator, however, rejected the allegations, describing them as part of a gang up to silence him. He added, “The battle to liberate Kogi State and Nigeria is a battle of no retreat no surrender.”

Five days later, on March 24, the police threatened to declare him wanted after accusing him of shunning invitations concerning the matter.

The Force PRO said he would be so declared if he failed to present himself before the Kogi State Police Command on Wednesday, March 28.

The saga took a twist on that day, however, as the police disclosed in the early hours of the day that the suspects had escaped along with others.

While the IGP removed the police commissioner in the state over the matter, Senator Melaye gave the IGP 48 hours to produce the suspects.

Speaking during plenary hours after the escape,  the Senator who represents Kogi West, said it was worrisome that the suspects escaped on a day when they were all scheduled to appear before the Lokoja high court.

Furthermore, he threatened to sue the police boss for intimidation and harassment.

Arms Allegation: Melaye Gives IGP 48hrs To Produce Escaped Suspects

The Senator representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye, has threatened to sue the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.

Senator Melaye also gave the IGP 48 hours to produce the two suspects who they police say confessed that the Senator armed them.

The Police in Kogi on Wednesday said both suspects and some others had escaped from custody in the morning.

Senator Melaye, however, wants the IGP to produce both men and defend the allegations levelled against him by the police.

Speaking during plenary on Wednesday Senator Melaye argued that accused persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

He said it was worrisome that the suspects escaped on a day when they were all scheduled to appear before the Lokoja high court.

Senator Melaye’s comments came hours after the police confirmed that the two suspects earlier paraded for illegal possession of firearms had broken free.

After their escape, the police declared the Senator Melaye, and seven others wanted.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ali Janga, who made the announcement in a statement, said others declared wanted are one Mohammed Audi and six suspects who escaped from police custody.

The fleeing suspects are Kabiru Seidu (nicknamed Osama), Nuhu Salisu (nicknamed Small), Aliyu Isa, Adams Suleiman, Emmanuel Audu and Musa Mohammed.

The suspects had been detained by the Kogi State Police Command in Lokoja, the state capital, pending the conclusion of investigations into their allegations.

Melaye’s Recall: We’ll Proceed In Accordance With Appeal Court Judgement – INEC

INEC’s Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Osaze-Uzzi

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it will proceed with the process for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye in line with the judgement of the Court of Appeal.

INEC’s Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said this in a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“For now, all legal hurdles as far as we are aware have been removed so the commission should proceed as if the case did not occur.”

A trio of Judges, led by Justice Tunde Awotoye, of the appellate court on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by Melaye against the judgment delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba at the Federal High Court in 2017, on grounds that there was no cause of action.

Justice Dimgba had on September 11, 2017, dismissed the suit filed by Senator Melaye, seeking to stop INEC from initiating his recall from the National Assembly.

He held that senator Melaye’s complaints were ‘hasty, premature and presumptuous” and therefore ordered INEC to go ahead with its planned verification exercise of the 188,588 registered voters who were said to have signed a petition in support of the recall process.

Unsatisfied with Justice Dimgba’s judgement, Malaye proceeded to the Appeal Court two days later, arguing that the Federal High Court judge “erred in law” when he validated the petition presented to INEC for his recall.

But the Appeal Court in dismissing the suit on Friday held that the Federal High Court ought not to have entertained Melaye’s suit ab initio.

Asked about the specific steps INEC would take in continuing the process based on the judgement, Mr Osaze-Uzzi said the commission would get in touch with Senator Melaye and ask him to give it an agent after which it would conduct a verification exercise for the signatories to the recall petition.

The electoral body will also release a timetable informing Nigerians of every step in the process and the date for each.

“If all the steps are successful, then we will have to go and conduct a referendum,” he said.

Senator Melaye has, however, rejected the ruling of the Appeal Court, and will appeal it at the Supreme Court.

After the judgement, he told Channels TV, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil. The battle to continue to speak the truth and fight for the oppressed civil servants and people of Kogi State is a battle of no retreat, no surrender. Every lie has an expiry date. I shall overcome.”