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Nigerian police have provided more details into the attempted escape of a serving senator, Dino Melaye, who jumped off from a moving vehicle while being taken to Lokoja to face trial in a murder case.
He has been at loggerhead with security authorities in the country over his involvement in the arming of political thugs in Kogi, his home state.
Senator Melaye broke one of his legs in the process, and was taken to a hospital in Abuja.
Melaye had until now maintained he would prefer the case be transferred to the FCT, Abuja, where he’s sure his security would be guaranteed.
PHOTOSPEAK: Senator Dino Melaye brought into Zankli hospital in the Mabushi district of Abuja. He was injured while allegedly jumping off a police vehicle around Area One that was conveying him to court in Lokoja, Kogi state. @dino_melaye
Photos: Aminu Omoye pic.twitter.com/mZtnyInV65
— Sumner Shagari Sambo (@Sumner_Sambo) April 24, 2018
In a swift release signed by the Force Public Relations Officers, ACP Moshood, reads:
“At about 1200Hrs of today Sen. Dino Melaye while in lawful custody of the Nigeria Police Force and being taken for arraignment in Federal High Court, Lokoja from Abuja, escaped from lawful custody when hoodlums and miscreants in Two (2) Toyota Hilux Vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying Senator Dino Melaye around Area 1 Round About, Abuja and in the process the Senator jumped out of the Police vehicle through the window and was rescued from the Police men by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination.
“The Police team re-enforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. The Senator would be arraigned in court without further delay.
“Meanwhile, one of the Toyota Hilux vehicles used by the hoodlums and miscreants in aiding the escape of the Senator has been recovered by the Police investigation team.
“The Inspector General of Police has therefore directed a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and escape of Senator Dino Melaye from lawful custody.”
Melaye has a longstanding political feud with the current governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello.
Guess who is sitting down on the floor as SARS prepare to take him to Kogi??? I won’t kill myself with laughter today 😂😂😂😂😂😁😁😂😂 He must singing Ajekun Iya as SARS re-captured him. They chased after him and caught him. 😂😂😂😂😂
Dino Melaye pic.twitter.com/Bc46jcFkIO
— ANIFOWOSHE TITILOPE (@classicaltiti) April 24, 2018
The police had previously arrested some suspects who allegedly confessed to being armed and financed by Mr Melaye, an allegation he denied.
At a time, the suspects reportedly escaped from police custody, but were rearrested by security operatives.
Before they were rearrested, Melaye threatened to sue police authority, if they failed to reproduce those who allegedly indicted him.
It is doubtful if the senator had been visiting his constituency and the people he represents, if he so feared to return to his home state to clear his name.
We will continue to update this story.