- The police in Kogi has confirmed invading Senator Dino Melaye
- Melaye had claimed some officers illegally arranged by ADC to Kogi state governor besieged his hometown home in Aiyetoro Gbede
- The Kogi command’s spokesman, DSP William Aya, said the ADC had nothing to do with this case
- According to him, the officers were sent to Melaye's home to arrest him but he was not around
Kogi state police command has confirmed that it sent a detachment of officers to the house of Senator Dino Melaye at Aiyetoro-Gbede in Kogi state on October 11 to effect his arrest.
In a statement in Lokoja, the command said it took the action in connection with the July 19 shooting of one of its operatives, Sgt. Danjuma Salihu by thugs suspected to be loyal to the senator.
The statement signed by the command’s spokesman, DSP William Aya, said that the clarification followed the allegation by Melaye on his twitter page of October 12 that the ADC to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi led some officers to his house to assassinate him.
“The ADC has nothing to do with this case. The Command wish to state unequivocally that the statement is not only a figment of the imagination of Sen. Melaye who has mastered the art of political gimmickry, but totally false, malicious and highly mischievous.
“The commissioner of police sent Police Officers to his country home for arrest, unfortunately we did not get him at home," the statement said.
It accused Melaye, who is representing Kogi West senatorial district of mobilising thugs to attack its personnel on routine duty along Mopa–Aiyetoro-Gbede on July 19 without any provocation.
“The thugs shot and injured Force No. 432913 Sgt. Danjuma Saliu who is currently receiving treatment at Veda Crest Hospital, Abuja,” the statement said.
Aya said Melaye was invited officially through letter No. AR:3000/KGS/X/VOL.43/670 dated 23/7/2018 to come and answer the charges on him but refused to show up or give reason for not honoring the invitation.
“The senator is wanted by the Kogi state police command for criminal conspiracy, attempted culpable homicide and unlawful possession of firearms," the statement explained.
It then appealed to Melaye to report to the command headquarters in Lokoja to answer the allegations against him and stop joining issues with people who have nothing to do with the case at hand.
Legit.ng had reported that Dino Melaye in a tweet on Friday, October 12, claimed two mobile policemen, members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and three full load of policemen illegally arranged by ADC to Kogi state governor besieged his hometown home in Aiyetoro Gbede.
Melaye claimed he has evidence of the alleged assassination and vowed to write to the International Criminal Court and the UN.
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