Embattled senator Dino Melaye has narrated how he was arrested by the police and Immigration officers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja this morning. In an interview with Punch, Dino said
”My self and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and others were to be on an official trip to Morocco but while some have gone through the Lagos airport today, others are to depart tomorrow. I got to this airport I was checked in and was already in the lounge waiting for departure.
Immigration officers invited me that there is a directive from the police that I can’t travel; that I am on their watch list. And I said it was not true, that the INTERPOL said they had not issued an alert on me. I opened INTERPOL’s website and showed them the denial. But they insisted that it was based on the directive from the police.
I was disembarked and asked me to go to their office (at the airport). They snatched my passport but I snatched my thing back from them. I got it back! I’m still here with them. They circled me and said they were waiting for further instructions from the police.” he said
Recall that in March, six criminal suspected including two suspected assassins escaped from police custody in Kogi state. The suspected assassins were linked to Melaye by the Kogi police. The suspects confessed to have been sponsored by Melaye who allegedly provided them with arms and funds for their operation.
Immediately after their escape, the police declared Dino wanted and also alerted INTERPOL. The International Police Organization however issued a statement saying they do not meddle into political crisis unless it is necessary. They are yet to put Dino on their watch list. All the six suspects have since been re-arrested.