Senator Dino Melaye has explained why he carried out a daring escape while he was being transported in police vehicle to his home state to answer criminal charges.
In a statement released by the lawmaker’s media aide, Gideon Ayodele, early on Wednesday, April 25, he said despite surrendering to operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) early on Tuesday, Melaye refused to be transported to Kogi due to fears that he would be assassinated by officers in collusion with the Kogi state government.
The statement read, “Earlier in the morning, Senator Dino Melaye as a law-abiding citizen voluntarily submitted himself to the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who had laid siege to his private residence since around 3.35pm of Monday, April 23, 2018.
“He, along with his lawyers and personal aides, was driven in his private car to the SARS office in Guzape district of Abuja, sandwiched among the numerous police vehicles earlier deployed to his house.
“But shortly after Mr Melaye entered the police custody in Abuja, officers dragged him in a vehicle and headed towards Lokoja, the Kogi State capital which also falls under his Kogi West Senatorial District.
“Mr Melaye feared that his life would be in danger if taken to Lokoja, amongst other alleged sinister motives of both the police and the state government there.
“The public will vividly recall that this same case involving Senator Dino Melaye had already been transferred to Abuja by the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court after Senator Melaye expressed worry about his safety in Lokoja.
“Now, the question is why will they want to forcefully take him to Lokoja? The Senator believes they are doing the Kogi Governor’s bidding in order to assassinate him.”
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