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Melaye Gives Conditions to Appear Before Kogi Police


Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, has given the police conditions on which to appear before it in case of criminal trial of alleged gun running and procurement of arms for a group of men.
In a letter he wrote to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Friday, he asked the police boss to intervene in the strained relationship between him and Kogi State Police Command.
Melaye said he was ready to submit himself to the police on the condition that he is investigated by policemen from Abuja, and not Kogi.l
In the five-page letter written by his counsel, Rickey Tarfa, the lawmaker alleged that Kogi State Police Command has compromised and were controlled by the state Governor, Yayaha Bello.
He alleged that the allegation of gun running was orchestrated by Governor Bello.
He wrote: “Our client told us that from information made available to him by his supporters, the intention was to abduct him and whisk him to Kogi State where he would be at the complete mercy of the Governor and where plans had been perfected and were being implemented to frame him on spurious charges, arrest and detain him, and then murder him in prison while he is awaiting trial,” his lawyer wrote.
“It is worthy of note that our client has severally stated in the media that he is aware of this nefarious plan and the involvement of Kogi State Police Command in implementing the same. The sheer number of armed policemen and security personnel deployed from Kogi State on 1st March 2018 to abduct our client from the FCT High Court premises gives credence to our client’s fears. Our client was however lucky not to be noticed by the policemen laying siege, as he left the court premises.
“Sir, as the chief law enforcement officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we urge that you intervene in the circumstances. It is obvious to our client that there is no plausible reason for him to believe that his personal safety is guaranteed in the hands of Kogi State Police Command.”
Melaye said he was not averse to being investigated but wants ”to avoid a breakdown of law and order”.
He pleaded with the IGP to intervene, while declaring his intention to submit himself to police officers from Abuja.
“Sir, we urge for your urgent intervention in this matter. As we have stated, our client, convinced of his innocence is ready to submit himself for investigation and to answer any charge against his person but by police officers of whose neutrality he is confident in this matter, police officers from Abuja.
“Our client being a prominent serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Chairman, Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Publicity and member of several other senate committees, will not and cannot run from justice, but balks at being delivered directly into the hands of people who have made public threats against his person.
“We anxiously await your intervention sir, to secure the life of our client, and to avoid any breakdown of law and order.”
The Kogi State Police Command on March 19 said it arrested two wanted criminals who implicated the Senator.
The suspects, Kabiru Saidu and Nuhu Salisu, were said to have confessed that they were political thugs recruited by some politicians in Kogi State to cause mayhem, disruption of peace, as well as destruction of lives and property in the state.
Police PRO Commissioner of Police Jimoh Moshood, said Saidu and Nuhu were arrested on January 19 after the duo engaged the police team in a gun battle that lasted for some hours at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State.
While parading the suspects, Moshood said Saidu, 31, confessed to be working as a political thug for one Alh. Mohammed Audu who also introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye.
According to the police spokesperson, Saidu said Senator Dino asked him in December 2017 to recruit more thugs to work for him in order to prepare for the forthcoming 2019 elections and to also challenge his political opponents.
Saidu also said Senator Dino handed over a bag containing one AK 47 rifle, two pump action rifles and a sum of N430,000 to share with his boys.
The police spokesperson said Saidu’s confessions prompted the police to write to the Senate on March 2, asking that Senator Dino be released for questioning on March 7, but he has refused to show up.
Moshood said a case of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited forearms have been filed by the police against the two suspects arrested, as well as against Senator Melaye.
Melaye is already facing trial for giving Police false information on assassination attempt on his life.

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