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Finally Melaye surrenders to Police

Finally Melaye surrenders to Police after resisting arrest for 8 days,His eventual surrender was due to an intervention by fellow lawmaker.
Senator Dino Melaye [Instagram/@dinomelaye]
Senator Dino Melaye [Instagram/@dinomelaye]

The week-long standoff between Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West - PDP) and officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has come to an end after the lawmaker surrendered on Friday, January 4, 2019.

Officers had invaded Melaye's Abuja home on Friday, December 28, 2018 to arrest him for his alleged involvement in the shooting of a police officer, Sgt Danjuma Saliu, in July 2018.
The lawmaker refused to surrender to the authorities and made several social media posts to taunt and accuse the Police of persecution.
According to a report by The Punch, the lawmaker left his Maitama home on Friday to meet with the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, at the Force Headquarters.
His eventual surrender was due to an intervention by fellow lawmakers who paid him a visit to persuade him to resolve the situation amicably.
Why Melaye is wanted by Police
Melaye took to his Twitter account late on July 19, 2018 to raise alarm over an assassination attempt on his life which he alleged was carried out by the police and military.
He tweeted, "I thank God for spearing (sic) my life once again. Over 20 bullets holes on my jeep. Combination of police,SARS and military. God I thank you."
In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Kogi Command, DSP William Aya, he said the senator deliberately twisted the facts of the matter as it was his security aides who shot and injured a police sergeant first.
He said Melaye's convoy had been flagged down by officers of the Anti-Robbery/Kidnapping Patrol Team on a stop-and-search operation when they were fired upon after some of the vehicles in the convoy refused to stop.
DSP Aya said the officers only fired back in self-defence at the vehicles, which escaped from the scene, before they found out that it was the lawmaker's convoy.
He then called on Melaye to report with the people in his convoy to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Lokoja, to assist in the investigation.
Despite another notification sent to the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly for the lawmaker to appear for questioning, he failed to honour the invitation.
Officers previously attempted to arrest the lawmaker in his Kogi home in October 2018, an attempt that he also alleged was an assassination attempt sponsored by the Kogi State government.

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