- Senator Melaye has reacted to the report claiming his children are suffering at home, not having access to water and electricity
- Melaye dismissed the report, saying his children are in school
- The Kogi West senator said the Instagram account (attributed to his son) where the story came from is fake
Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, has dismissed the report that his children were living in horrific conditions at his Abuja residence as a result of the Nigeria police’s alleged refusal to allow AEDC to reconnect electricity to the house.
A report surfaced on Thursday, January 10, that Senator Melaye's children said they were living in horrific conditions at home, not having access to electricity and water.
The story came from from an Instagram account with the name of one of Melaye's children, identified as Josh Melaye.
In the post, Josh said they have no light in their house and that he and his siblings buy water to drink, adding that the police have restricted visitors from visiting them.
The report was corroborated with the claim made by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, representing the Bayelsa East in the National Assembly, on Wednesday, January 9, that the police ordered the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company not to reconnect electricity to the residence of Senator Melaye.
Senator Murray-Bruce said this via his official Twitter handle, @benmurraybruce.
He tweeted: “So after @dino_melaye surrendered himself to @PoliceNG, the Police did a thorough search of his house & found nothing. Yet, the police have refused AEDC from reconnecting his power. Currently, Dino’s kids are left to sleep in darkness and under very horrific conditions.”
However, Senator Melaye, in an Instagram post, has dismissed the claims. According to Melaye, the Instagram account bearing his son's name, joshmelaye, is fake. He added that his children are in school, not at home.
"My son and daughter did not send any message on IG. All fake accounts. My kids are in school," Melaye posted on Instagram.
The embattled senator is facing interrogation by the police team probing his involvement in the shooting of a policeman by thugs embedded in his convoy on July 19, 2018, in Kogi state.
He had earlier refused to leave his residence, prompting more deployment by the police to his house.
A request by the Kogi-born senator for police officers to vacate his residence and desist from further attempts at arresting him was on Thursday, January 3, declined by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Subsequently, he finally surrendered to the police after eight days siege on his Abuja residence.
He had since been admitted to an undisclosed hospital, hours after he surrendered himself to the police.
The police revealed this in a statement by spokesman Jimoh Moshood. Moshood said the senator was in stable condition but did not indicate the nature his illness.
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