UPDATE: How Melaye Outsmarted Us For One Week – Police

On the eventual detention of the Kogi West Senator Dino Melaye, the Nigerian Police has given an account of how he evaded arrest on December 28 leading to their siege in his residence for one week and how his case for criminal conspiracy and attempted homicide will be handled now that he is custody.

In a statement by the spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force, Jimoh Moshood,  Senator Melaye was said to have quickly hid himself inside his house after he sighted the Police Investigation Team who came to arrest him in the last week of December, 2018 despite dodging arrest since July 23rd, 2018 that the Force secured the Warrant to arrest him.

In an dramatic situation on Friday afternoon, Melaye gave himself in to the Police but later slumped before reaching their station.

Police spokesman added that he has been moved to the hospital while investigation to his case continues.

Read the full statement of the police below:

Senator Dino Melaye wanted by the Police for criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide, committed on 19th July 2018, when Senator Dino Melaye and his armed thugs attacked Police personnel, shot and wounded SGT Danjuma Saliu on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State has surrendered to the Police Investigation Team on wait at his residence, today, 4th January, 2019 at about 1500hrs.

2. The Police Officer, Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care in the hospital.

3. The Police Investigation Team had since 28th December, 2018 at about 1000hrs arrived the residence of Senator Dino Melaye with a duly obtained Warrant of Arrest to effect his arrest to answer to a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Attempted Culpable Homicide against him under investigation in the Kogi State Police Command. Senator Dino Melaye on sighting the Police Team locked up himself in the building to evade arrest.

4. The Warrant of Arrest was obtained after Senator Dino Melaye refused to honour Police invitation dated 23rd July, 2018, signed by the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command addressed to the Clerk, National Assembly, Abuja, inviting Senator Dino Melaye to report on 26th July, 2018 at 1100Hrs at the Kogi State Police Command, CIID, Lokoja to answer to a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Attempted Culpable Homicide against him under investigation in the Kogi State Police Command.

5. The Police Investigation Team cordoned off the building and continued to be in wait for eight (8) days for Senator Dino Melaye to obey the law and surrender himself for arrest.

6. While the Police Investigation Team was waiting, Senator Dino Melaye granted an interview monitored on Television Stations that he was not in Abuja. This claim eventually was discovered to be completely false as Senator Dino Melaye surrendered to the waiting Police Investigation Team today at his residence in Abuja at about 1500hrs.

7. Senator Dino Melaye is currently in Police custody for investigation, and subsequently, taken to Police hospital, Abuja for medical attention and he is in stable condition. Investigation into the case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide against him is on-going.

8. The case will be taken to court on completion of investigation.

Meanwhile, the Kogi West lawmaker is seeking reelection into the Senate from the Peoples Democratic Party. 

He won the same seat under All Progressives Congress in 2015 before defecting to PDP in last quarter of 2018.

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