- The police have reacted to the allegations raised by Senator Dino Melaye
- The Kogi West senator had earlier raised alarm that the police were planning to arrest and kill him
- The police, however, dismissed the allegations, warning the senator to desist from making un-senatorial and lawless utterances that cannot be substantiated with facts
The Nigeria Police Force, on Wednesday, December 26, denied plans to arrest and kill Senator Dino Melaye.
According to Daily Trust, a statement by police spokesman, DCP Jimoh Moshood said the statement attributed to Senator Dino Melaye, captioned “IG plans to arrest me, inject me to death,” is false.
Moshood said: “The Force is categorically stating that the statement is mischievous, malicious, capable of misleading the public and laughable.”
He added that “there was no such order from the Inspector General of Police or any plan by the Force to arrest Senator Dino Melaye and inject him to death.”
However, the police said: “But if the Senator knows he had committed any crime or he is aware of his involvement in any crime, he should come out and confess and face the legal consequences instead of whipping up sentiments to distract the public.
“The Force sees such defamatory, mischievous, malicious and reckless statement by Senator Dino Melaye as untrue, ridiculous, mischievous and unfortunate.”
Moshood added: “Members of the public are hereby enjoined to disregard and discountenance the statement by Senator Dino Melaye in its entirety as untrue and mischievous.”
He also said Melaye should know that his statement constitutes a criminal defamatory offence, hate speech and hateful conduct.
“He should, however, as a lawmaker, be law-abiding and desist from un-senatorial and lawless utterances that cannot be substantiated with facts.
“The Inspector General of Police will not be distracted by statements from the likes of Senator Dino Melaye but will continue to ensure that the rule of law prevails in all matters,” the police stated.
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Senator Melaye had earlier raised alarm against the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, claiming there was a plot to arrest him on Christmas day and kill him.
In a tweet on Tuesday, December 25, the Kogi lawmaker claimed the plan was to inject him to death.
Melaye added that the state commissioner of Kogi had been removed in order to perfect the plot.
He said: “There is a plan by the IG to arrest me today and inject me to death. Men deployed already. CP kogi and others removed. Nigerians watch out.”
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