‘Kogi govt, Police plan to kill me’ – Dino Melaye

A Senator in Kogi state, Nigeria’s North-Central region, Dino Melaye, on Tuesday revealed an alleged plan by the state government and the Nigerian Police to eliminate him using lethal injection while travelling to the state.

But in a swift reaction, the Kogi State Government and Police headquarters in Abuja, described Melaye’s accusations as false and misleading.

He claimed that was why they insisted on prosecuting him in Kogi State, instead of Abuja, for a crime he allegedly committed.

The Senate, also gave charge to its Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and that of Police Affairs, to immediately carry out a holistic investigation into the matter and report at plenary within 48 hours.

Resolution of the Senate on Tuesday came after a point of Order raised by Senator Isa  Hamman Misau, APC, Bauchi who told his colleagues that the Police had become biased for inviting Senator Melaye and even threatening to declare him wanted without taking his statements.

The Kogi State Government through the Director General, Media and Publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, reacted to Melaye’s claim thus: “As far as we are concerned, we have no problem with Senator Dino Melaye. It was the Police that sent him invitation for questioning based on their investigations.

“He should face that and leave Governor Bello out of the issues surrounding his face-off with the Police. The governor is a law abiding citizen of Nigeria who would not involve himself in such criminality. Home or abroad, no organization has ever indicted the governor of such crime. He has respect for human life,’’ he said.

Also, the Police Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, said: “The work of the Police is that of protection of lives and property. We are not killers. If he has any proof that the Police or IGP has plans to kill him, he should report to the nearest Police station. We on our part are not aware that anybody wants to kill Senator Melaye either.

“However, he should not use this as an excuse not to show up in court and face allegations against him. We stand by our earlier invitation to him to show up in court on the 28. If he fails to show up in court, the Police will obtain a warrant for his arrest. He will be declared wanted in Nigeria and internationally, using INTERPOL,” Moshood said.

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