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Dino Melaye gives update on police invitation over protest to INEC headquarters

Dino Melaye gives update on police invitation over protest to INEC headquarters

The senator representing Kogi West district at the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has denied receiving any invitation from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) over a protest embarked upon by members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently.

Melaye was supposed to appear before the police on Monday, October 8, after the police alleged that he and some others clashed with men of the law enforcement agency during the protest to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja.

In a single tweet, Melaye said: “I have not received any invitation from the police.”

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Legit.ng earlier reported that a week after the conclusion of Osun state governorship election, some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) protested against the declaration of Governor Aregbesola's chief of staff, Gboyega Oyetola, as the winner of the election.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, are among the top PDP leaders protesting in front of INEC headquarters.

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, representing Bayelsa east senatorial district, also accused the Nigeria Police Force of attacking him and others with teargass during the protest on Friday, October 5.

However, few hours after the protest, the Nigerian Police Force 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.

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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."

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