Dino Melaye’s life in Danger, says Senator

Senator Ibrahim Gobir has raised the alarm that the life of embattled Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye is in danger. Dino Melaye

The lawmaker stated this while addressing his colleagues at the Red Chamber on Thursday in Abuja.

His comments came days after the Nigerian police arrested the lawmaker in his residence in the nation’s capital.

The lawmaker had jumped off the police vehicle conveying him to Lokoja, Kogi state capital, where he was scheduled to face trial over slew of criminal allegations including murder.

He has a running battle with the state governor, Yahaya Bello, and he is also facing a recall process by the Independent National Electoral Commission, as part of what many of his supporters claim to be political persecution from his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) He has been a major voice against policies of the ruling government both at his state and at the federal level, under President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Shortly after he jumped off the police van on Monday, apparently to evade being taken to Lokoja for trial, the senator was taken to a private hospital in Abuja.

He was thereafter moved to the National Hospital, where he is at the time of filing this report.

Sen. Gobir said: “When I got there (the private hospital) I saw the whole place was cordoned off by the police…If you see the kind of inhuman treatment on that guy, you will shed tears.

“They brought him on a stretcher. I saw Dino, it was terrible,” he added.

He said the senator had been denied freedom granted him by Chapter Four, Section 33 of the Nigeria constitution, which includes right to freedom, dignity among others.

He also expressed fears that any of the lawmakers could be treated as Dino, and that urgent action should be taken to prevent a repeat.

Senator Ibrahim Gobir has raised the alarm that the life of embattled Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye is in danger.

The lawmaker stated this while addressing his colleagues at the Red Chamber on Thursday in Abuja.

His comments came days after the Nigerian police arrested the lawmaker in his residence in the nation’s capital.

The lawmaker had jumped off the police vehicle conveying him to Lokoja, Kogi state capital, where he was scheduled to face trial over slew of criminal allegations including murder.

He has a running battle with the state governor, Yahaya Bello, and he is also facing a recall process by the Independent National Electoral Commission, as part of what many of his supporters claim to be political persecution from his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) He has been a major voice against policies of the ruling government both at his state and at the federal level, under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Shortly after he jumped off the police van on Monday, apparently to evade being taken to Lokoja for trial, the senator was taken to a private hospital in Abuja.

He was thereafter moved to the National Hospital, where he is at the time of filing this report.

Sen. Gobir said: “When I got there (the private hospital) I saw the whole place was cordoned off by the police…If you see the kind of inhuman treatment on that guy, you will shed tears.

“They brought him on a stretcher. I saw Dino, it was terrible,” he added.

He said the senator had been denied freedom granted him by Chapter Four, Section 33 of the Nigeria constitution, which includes right to freedom, dignity among others.

He also expressed fears that any of the lawmakers could be treated as Dino, and that urgent action should be taken to prevent a repeat.

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