Dino Melaye arrested at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport
Senator Dino Melaye who was earlier declared wanted by the police was reportedly stopped from boarding a flight to Morocco this morning, after checking in.
The Nigerian police had alleged that the Senator armed some thugs to cause mayhem in Kogi state.
Melaye posted the information surrounding his arrest on his Instagram and Twitter accounts this morning, where he said the prevention to proceed on the journey was an arrest.
The police and DSS have not confirmed the veracity of the claim.
“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.
The Nation online said it spoke with the Senator on phone to confirm the arrest.
In an interview with The Punch, Dino described the drama of his arrest:
“?My self and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and others were to be on an official trip to Morocco but while some have gone through the Lagos airport today, others are to depart tomorrow.
“I got to this airport I was checked in and was already in the lounge waiting for departure. Immigration officers invited me that there is a directive from the police that I can’t travel; that I am on their watch list. And I said it was not true, that the INTERPOL said they had not issue an alert on me. I opened INTERPOL’s website and showed them the denial. But they insisted that it was based on the directive from the police.
“I was disembarked and asked me to go to their office (at the airport). They snatched my passport but I snatched my thing back from them. I got it back! I’m still here with them. They circled me and said they were waiting for further instructions from the police.”
After Melaye shunned a police order to appear in a Lokoja court on March 28, the two suspects to be tried along with him disappeared from police cell.
However, they were re-arrested two days later in Benue state.
In a press briefing on 3 April, the police spokesman said the police would arraign Melaye and the other suspects on May 10.
The suspects are: Kabiru Seidu, 31, alias Osama, Nuhu Salisu, 25, alias small, Musa Mohammed, 27, alias Iko and Emmanuel Audu, 26.
An associate of the embattled senator who chose not to be named, told Tempo that the secret police was waiting for the police to hand over Melaye to them.