The siege on the residence of the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, by the police, has entered its eight day. It was earlier reported how the police laid siege to the senator’s Abuja residence last week Friday, ending a turbulent year which began with allegations that the lawmaker was involved in multiple armed robbery and murder plots.
The siege marks at least the fourth attempt to arrest Mr Melaye by the police in 2018.
The police, in a statement by its spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, while speaking on the reason forlaying siege to Mr Melaye’s residence, said the senator, alongside his ‘armed thugs’, shot one Danjuma Saliu, a sergeant, in July 2018.
“The Police operatives currently in the residence of Senator Dino Melaye are to effect his arrest to answer to the case of attempted culpable homicide on the shooting of a Police Officer, Sgt Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF) while on duty at a stop and search point along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi state.
“The above offence was committed by Senator Dino Melaye and his armed thugs in Kogi State on the 19th July, 2018 when they shot and wounded a police officer, Sgt Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF) while on duty at a stop and search point along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi state.”
“The Police Officer is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care,” Mr Moshood said.
He said the police had made efforts to effect the arrest through the National Assembly clerk.
The police will continue with the siege until the lawmaker is arrested, the statement highlighted.
“The police investigators have written the Clerk of the National Assembly for Senator Dino Melaye to report at Kogi State Police Command, CIID, Lokoja for him to answer to these offences against him under investigation in Kogi State Police Command but he has bluntly refused to report himself to the Police.
“The police operatives will continue to be in wait at the residence of Senator Dino Melaye until he surrenders himself for arrest. The offence for which Senator Dino Melaye is being investigated is capital in nature and not compoundable.”
Rather than debunk or admit the fresh allegations made by the police, Mr Melaye simply said in a tweet on Tuesday that he is being wise and not scared, by hiding. He has also said he is not in the besieged house.
The police, however, believe the lawmaker is hiding in one of the rooms in the house.