The representative of Kogi West district and committee chairman on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at the Senate, Dino Melaye, has reportedly been arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that it received information that Melaye whose residence was besieged on Monday, April 23, by security agents was again arrested early Tuesday, April 24 and moved to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Headquarters, Guzape, Abuja, which Vanguard says is located just opposite the old Central Bank of Nigeria junction along the Area 1 expressway.
Vanguard further reports that Melaye spoke in a telephone conversation sounding rattled, as background conversation suggested a struggle between him and some of the operatives after which his mobile lines were switched off.
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) had on Monday, April 23, confirmed the arrest of Melaye at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday morning.
Sunday James, the spokesperson for the immigration service had earlier said that Melaye was arrested by Immigration officials ‘based on instruction’.
The confirmation of his arrest came hours after the senator, who represents Kogi West, announced the arrest on his Twitter handle at 7:32 am.
“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.
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The police recently declared Melaye wanted after he was accused of supplying arms to some murder suspects, who allegedly implicated him.
Melaye denies the allegations, which he describes as politically motivated.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian police explained that the siege in front of the residence of Senator Dino Melaye was necessary due to his alleged involvement in a case of unlawful possession of prohibited firearms.
Melaye also claimed that all the policemen providing security have been withdrawn.
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