Saturday, 5 January 2019

Police Reveal Next Move After Dino Melaye Surrenders

Police have announced the next step they will take after Senator Dino Melaye surrendered himself to them.

Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, revealed what the police were planning to do in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

The statement was issued shortly after Senator Dino Melaye surrendered to the Police Investigation Team at his residence at about 3:00pm.

He was wanted by the police for alleged criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide, which he reportedly committed on July 19, 2018.

“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,” Moshood said.

“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.”

The police spokesman said the lawmaker has since surrendered to the force and has been taken into custody for investigation.

He added that Senator Melaye was subsequently taken to the Police Hospital in Abuja for medical attention and in stable condition.

On the next step to take, Moshood said an investigation into the alleged crimes against the senator was ongoing and the case would be taken to court on completion of the investigation.

He disclosed further that Senator Melaye surrendered to the Police Investigation Team after an eight-day siege on his residence since December 28, 2018.

According to him, the police personnel arrived the residence of the lawmaker with a duly obtained Warrant of Arrest to effect his arrest to answer to the allegations against him being investigated by the Kogi State Police Command.

“Senator Dino Melaye on sighting the police team locked up himself in the building to evade arrest,” the Force spokesman alleged.

“The Warrant of Arrest was obtained after Senator Dino Melaye refused to honour police invitation dated July 23, 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 July 26, 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.”

“The Police Investigation Team cordoned off the building and continued to be in wait for eight days for Senator Dino Melaye to obey the law and surrender himself for arrest,” Moshood added.

“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 (Friday) at his residence in Abuja at about 1500hrs.”

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