Senator Dino Melaye’s reported kidnap may have been a hoax as according to Sara Reporters, the Kogi lawmaker told his relatives and some senators that he merely walked into the bush to avoid appearing before a court in Kogi.
Senator Ben Murray Bruce had tweeted on Thursday, July 26 that he was informed by Melaye’s brother that he was kidnapped while they were on their way to Kogi where he was due to appear in court.
On Friday, July 27 however, Melaye tweeted that he had just been freed after spending 11 hours in the wilderness and thanked Nigerians for their prayers.
According to Sahara Reporters, Melaye was not kidnapped but “only staged a walk into a bush to avoid being charged to court.”
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Meanwhile, Senator Dino Melaye has presented a picture of a hand written statement his brother allegedly submitted to the police to inform the police of the senator's alleged abduction which happened on Thursday, July 27.
Melaye shared the picture to debunk a claim by the police that the senator's brother did not report his abduction.
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