Nigerian Senator representing Kogi West in the red chamber, Dino Melaye, who was earlier arrested on a Morocco bound plane by the Nigerian police, but regained freedom shortly after, took to social media to share a photo of her house which is besieged by the Nigerian police.
Sharing a photo of his besieged house, Dino Melaye said that over 30 heavily armed fierce looking mobile police men stormed his residence in Maitama, Abuja. His tweets reads;
Over 30 heavily armed fierce looking mobile police men have just stormed My residence in Maitama, Abuja. All roads leading to House has been condoned off, as heavy mobile police men blocked entry & exit of the road. They currently laid siege on in and around The house.
My house under siege. My brother Moses and his friend have just been arrested by the police in front of my house. Youth who came in solidarity.
Dino Melaye’s arrest was initially linked to the police, who have been on a manhunt for him for several weeks, and had declared the lawmaker wanted for his alleged links to violence in Kogi state.The senator had denied wrongdoing, saying his ordeal was politically-motivated.
His arrest generated widespread reaction from Nigerians Monday morning. While some welcomed it as deserving of a controversial lawmaker like Sen. Melaye, others criticised the arrest as an act of executive recklessness.
The development could further surprise Nigerians who have long been shocked at the police’s apparent failure to enforce their own arrest warrant. Mr Melaye was declared wanted over a month ago, but he still has at least two police officers in his security detail.
The senator also reportedly met with Kogi police commissioner, the same officer that declared him wanted, at a burial event for a later House of Representatives member from Kogi State two weeks ago.
Gideon Ayodele said on Dino Melaye’s release:
“He was released after the police couldn’t pin anything on him.
The immigration officials who thought they were trying to help the police when they initially detained him were also embarrassed that the police couldn’t take him into custody.”