- Senator Dino Melaye's arrest has been confirmed by Nigerian Immigration Service
- NIS said the Kogi senator was arrested based on instruction
- The police recently declared Melaye wanted after he was accused of supplying arms to some murder suspects
Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has confirmed the arrest of Sen. Dino Melaye at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday morning.
Spokesman of the Service, Mr Sunday James, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Melaye was arrested by Immigration officials “based on instruction”.
The confirmation came hours after the senator, who represents Kogi West, announced the arrest on his Twitter handle at 7:32 a.m.
“I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Government after checking in,” he tweeted.
The police recently declared Melaye wanted after he was accused of supplying arms to some murder suspects, who allegedly implicated him.
The senator denies the allegations, which he describes as politically motivated.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that wanted Senator Dino Melaye reported that he was stopped from boarding a flight to Morocco this morning, after checking in.
The voluble Senator who had been declared wanted by the Nigerian police for alleged arming of some thugs posted the information on his Instagram and Twitter accounts this morning.
He said it was an arrest.
The police and DSS have not confirmed the veracity of the claim.
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“Stopped from traveling and under arrest. No retreat no surrender. Talk we must”, Dino said on both his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
“I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Govt after checking in,” his earlier tweet read.
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