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Dino Melaye Police threaten to declare Kogi senator wanted over alleged criminal conspiracy

A criminal gang arrested by the police were said to have confessed that Melaye handed them a bag containing firearms.

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The Nigeria Police Force has said it will declare Senator Dino Melaye wanted if he fails to appear at its Kogi command by Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

The police had accused Melaye of criminal offences of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms.

A statement issued on Saturday, March 24, by the Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said that the Kogi senator has refused to honour an invitation and a court summon  sent to him.

On January 19, the police had said it arrested two men in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, who confessed to having committed various crimes such as kidnappings and armed robbery.

The suspects were also said to have revealed that Melaye had handed them a bag containing firearms.

The statement reads in part:

"During investigation, they confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of several kidnappings and Armed Robbery, Murder and other Violent Crimes in different parts of Kogi State for which they have been on the wanted list of the Police for more than two years now.

"The gang leader KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA revealed that he and his gang have been working as a Political Thug for one Alh. Mohammed Audu a Politician in the State and that Alh. Mohammed Audu invited him to Abuja and introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye and they met on Airport road, Abuja inside the Senator Dino Melaye’s Car in the month of December, 2017.

"KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA “31 YRS” further confessed to the Police investigative team that Senator Dino Melaye handed over a bag containing the following firearms one (1) AK47 rifle, two (2) Pump Action guns and the sum of four hundred and thirty thousand naira N430,000.00 to share with his boys.

"The Police conducted investigation into the criminal indictments against Sen. Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu and discovered that the two (2) of them have case to answer. The two (2) suspects namely; KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA and NUHU SALISU a.k.a SMALL were paraded at the Kogi State Command Headquarters, Lokoja on 19th March, 2018."

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The police spokesman, therefore, advised Melaye and Mohammed Audu to voluntarily honour the invitation or risk arrest.

"As we speak, Sen. Dino Melaye despite the letter sent to the Senate President, refused to honour Police Invitation till date and also refused to appear in court and has also continued to evade the service of criminal summon on him to appear before the Federal High Court, Lokoja on the 28th March, 2018 to answer to the charge of Criminal Conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms against him and Mohammed Audu.

"The Nigeria Police Force is therefore using this medium to advise Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu in their interest to comply with the order of the court and appear on 28th March, 2018 before Federal High Court, Lokoja to answer to the criminal charges against them.

"If they continue to be evasive and fail to comply with criminal summon issued on them by the Federal High Court, Lokoja to appear on 28th March, 2018 to answer to the criminal charges of Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms against them, the Force, will obtain Warrant of Arrest for the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu and will definately declare them wanted throughout the country and on INTERPOL platform for them to be arrested in any country where ever they are sighted and handed over to the Nigeria Police Force for continuation of their trial," Moshood said.

However, Melaye has since denied the allegations levied against him by the police, accusing the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello being behind his plight.

He said Bello is hell-bent on pulling him down because he (Melaye) exposed the governor's alleged importation of military equipment.

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