Senator Chukwuka Utazi states that Senator @dino_melaye has rights and as such, coercion will not work. “Due process should be followed if anyone seeks to oppose.”
Members of the National Assembly have said that the arrest and detention in hospital of Senator Dino Melaye (APC – Kogi West), destroys the sanctity of the chamber.
The senators have been showing support for their colleague, Melaye, who is currently embroiled in a face-off with the police.
The senators, in various ways, argued that Melaye is being being “intimidated and targeted,” saying the entire saga is “an abuse of democracy.”
The senators shared their solidarity statements on the verified Twitter handle of The Nigerian Senate.
It may be recalled that Senator Melaye was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on his was to Morocco on Monday.
The police later laid a siege to his private residence in the evening of Monday.
On Tuesday, Melaye was being taken to Lokoja, Kogi State by the security agents when he jumped down from the police and was injured.
The events were recorded on videos, which found their ways to the social media.
However, Melaye’s colleagues in the Senate contend that the events did not only insult one of their own, it is also an abuse of democracy.
Statements came variously from senators Oluremi Tinubu, Shehu Sani, Ibrahim Gobir, Isah Misau and Joshua Lidani, among others.
Melaye, who is on admission on health grounds at the National Hospital, Abuja, is currently being visited by some of his colleagues, led by Senate President Bukola Saraki.
See their tweets below:
Senator Sam Anyawu cites Order 43 and speaks on the incident that occurred yesterday, saying that Senator @dino_melaye was treated as a common criminal and also states that himself and his colleagues were denied access to Senator Dino in the National Hospital.