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Breaking: Police accuse Saraki, Melaye, Murray-Bruce of violently attacking officers

Breaking: Police accuse Saraki, Melaye, Murray-Bruce of violently attacking officers

The Nigerian Police Force on Friday, October 5, accused Senators Dino Melaye and Ben Murray-Bruce and Senate President Bukola Saraki of leading a violent protest, attacking police officers and disturbing public peace.

The police also accused the senators of pushing and hitting the policemen to forcefully enter the Force Headquarters to cause damage to police equipment and government properties

The police issued a statement inviting the senators to the Force Headquarters on Monday, 8th October, 2018 for investigation on what transpired between them and the officers.

The statement signed by the police public relation officer, Jimoh Moshood was released on Friday, October 5, few hours after the PDP chieftains protested the Osun poll result at the INEC secretariat in Abuja.

The police statement said: "Senator Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Ben Bruce who were captured on camera to have been involved in the disturbance of public peace and public safety, unlawful blockade of Shehu Shagari way for several hours preventing motorists, road users and other members of the public from having access and passage on the highway thereby disturbing public peace and public safety and causing innocent people to scamper for safety and violent attack on policemen posted to ensure security of the Force Headquarters, pushing and hitting the policemen to forcefully enter the Force Headquarters to cause damage to police equipment and government properties are hereby invited to report themselves to the IGP Monitoring Unit at the Force Headquarters on Monday, 8th October, 2018 for investigation.

PDP chieftains leading members to protest the Osun poll result in Abuja on October 5, 2018

PDP chieftains leading members to protest the Osun poll result in Abuja on October 5, 2018

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"Today at about 1330Hrs, unruly and violent protesters who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in their hundreds with thugs and miscreants inside several trucks and vehicles blocked the Shehu Shagari way in front of the Nigeria Police Force, Headquarters creating a gridlock of traffic on the highway and preventing motorists, road users and other members of the public from having access and passage on Shehu Shagari way thereby disturbing public peace and public safety and causing innocent people to scamper for safety, suddenly the unruly/violent protesters surge and rushed violently on the Policemen posted to ensure safety of the Force Headquarters premises, pushing and hitting the Policemen to forcefully enter the Force Headquarters to cause damage to Police equipment and Government properties.

"The Police team headed by a very senior police officer despite the provocation, after issuing words of proclamation, warning this unruly PDP protesters who were chanting war songs of ”we no go gree o, we no go gree, we no go gree”, charged the Police personnel who used minimum force and dispersed them."

Senator Melaye clashes with police officers during the October 5 protest in Abuja

Senator Melaye clashes with police officers during the October 5 protest in Abuja

The police claimed thet the senators were caught on camera leading thugs to damage government properties.

"Senator Dino Melaye, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce and others yet to be identified were recorded on Camera pushing Policemen to forcefully enter the Force Headquarters to damage and destroy Police equipment and Government properties while Senator Bukola Saraki was at the scene of the attack in his car also captured on camera along with hundreds of miscreants and thugs in the acts of disturbance of public peace and public safety, unlawful blockade of Shehu Shagari way for several hours preventing motorists, road users and other members of the public from having access and passage on the highway thereby disturbing public peace and public safety and causing innocent people to scamper for safety.

"The Inspector General of Police has directed immediate investigation into this unprovoked and unwarranted attack on the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force and the Force Headquarters premises which is against the law and condemnable. The Force will do everything within the law to bring all perpetrators of this crime to justice, no matter how highly placed.

"Consequently, Senator Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Ben Bruce who were captured on camera to have been involved in the disturbance of public peace and public safety, unlawful blockade of Shehu Shagari way for several hours preventing motorists, road users and other members of the public from having access and passage on the highway thereby disturbing public peace and public safety and causing innocent people to scamper for safety and violent attack on Policemen posted to ensure security of the Force Headquarters, pushing and hitting the Policemen to forcefully enter the Force Headquarters to cause damage to Police equipment and Government properties are hereby invited to report themselves to the IGP Monitoring Unit at the Force Headquarters on Monday, 8th October, 2018 for investigation.

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"Members of the public in the FCT are implored to remain calm as the situation is under control. Further development will be communicated to the public soon," the statement reads.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, representing Bayelsa east senatorial district, accused the Nigeria Police Force of attacking him and others with teargass on Friday, October 5, during a protest at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office in Abuja.

The senator on his Twitter page claimed that gunshots were also fired during the peaceful protest. He shared a video of the protest, but not much could be deduced from it to substantiate his allegations.

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