Why I Escaped From Police – Sen Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye has said that he jumped down from a moving police vehicle, which resulted in his hospitalization on Tuesday to prevent being taken to Lokoja, Kogi State by the law enforcement agency.

The senator representing Kogi West, in a statement through a statement signed by his aide, Mr. Gideon Ayodele on April 25 said having surrendered himself to the police, he did not deserve to be forcibly taken to Lokoja to stand trial for crimes which include murder and armed robbery.

He said, “Earlier in the morning, Senator Dino Melaye as a law-abiding citizen voluntarily submitted himself to the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who had laid siege to his private residence since around 3.35pm of Monday, April 23, 2018.

“He, along with his lawyers and personal aides, was driven in his private car to the SARS office in Guzape district of Abuja, sandwiched among the numerous police vehicles earlier deployed to his house.

“But shortly after Mr Melaye entered the police custody in Abuja, officers dragged him in a vehicle and headed towards Lokoja, the Kogi State capital which also falls under his Kogi West Senatorial District.

“Mr Melaye feared that his life would be in danger if taken to Lokoja, amongst other alleged sinister motives of both the police and the state government there.”

He also pointed out that another reason the senator refused to go to Lokoja was that he had previously secured a court relief for the case to be moved to Abuja.

“The public will vividly recall that this same case involving Senator Dino Melaye had already been transferred to Abuja by the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court after Senator Melaye expressed worry about his safety in Lokoja. Now, the question is why will they want to forcefully take him to Lokoja?

“The Senator believes they are doing the Kogi Governor’s bidding in order to assassinate him. For the avoidance of doubt, he had never evaded police invitation before now because there was none extended to him in the first place.

“Rather, what the Police FPRO, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, had been doing was to summon the Senator through media briefings, a practice which is unconventional,” he said.

The Police had in a statement yesterday said Melaye escaped while being taken for arraignment in Federal High Court Lokoja from Abuja when hoodlums and miscreants in two Toyota Hilux Vehicles blocked the vehicle conveying him around Area 1 area of Abuja.

The Police said in the process, the Senator jumped out of the Police vehicle through the window and was rescued from the Policemen by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination.

However, Police said a re-enforced team of officers later trailed Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested.

The Senator has been moved to the National Hospital on Wednesday morning on the instruction of the Police.

Saraki Visits Melaye, Says Senate Is Working To Resolve His Crisis

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday said the senate was trying to resolve the crisis involving the embattled Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye.

Saraki made the disclosure while addressing journalists during a visit to the embattled Senator at the National Hospital, in Abuja.

He disclosed that Melaye was stable but still in the intensive care.

According to Saraki, the embattled lawmaker has not eaten in the last 24 hours.

“We are happy that we’ve just seen him. He’s in the intensive care and stable for now, though he has not eaten in the last 24 hours and we are trying to resolve that.”

Saraki led a senate delegation to visit Melaye at the National Hospital.

Melaye, is being treated of injuries he sustained after he allegedly jumped off a police vehicle while being transported to Lokoja, Kogi State to face criminal charges.

The lawmaker was initially admitted at the intensive care unit of Zankli hospital opposite the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mabushi in Abuja before he was transferred to the National Hospital.

 

Dino Melaye In Custody – Police

Twenty-hours after armed riot policemen besieged the Shanga, Maitama, Abuja residence of Senator Dino Melaye, the Nigeria Police Force said the lawmaker is now in its custody.

The Deputy Force spokesman, Aremu Adeniran, confirmed that Melaye was taken into custody because he refused to honour police summons extended to him in respect of a case of illegal possession of firearms.

Adeniran in a statement on Thursday said that the police obtained a warrant of arrest and trailed him to his house at Maitama, Abuja and cordoned  off the place.

“He however surrendered himself to the police this morning for investigation on the allegations against him,” the statement said.

The police had alleged that Melaye contracted one Kabiru Seidu and his gang as political thugs, adding that the lawmaker met with the suspect on Airport road, Abuja inside his car in December, 2017 and gave him a bag containing an AK47 rifle, two Pump Action guns and N430,000 to share with his boys.

Melaye: Police Lay Siege To Kogi Senator’s Residence

A combined team of mobile and regular police officers are laying a siege to the Abuja home of a senator from Kogi State, Dino Melaye.

His aides confirmed the development to newsmen on Monday afternoon.

The senator’s aides who did not want to be named because they have no formal approval to speak on his behalf said the police officers arrived at about 1:40 a.m. at Mr Melaye’s residence in Maitama District.

The siege comes hours after Mr Melaye was detained at the airport and prevented from travelling on an official trip to Morocco.

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) detained Mr Melaye, apparently based on information that he was on the wanted list of the police.

But rather than take the senator into custody, the police instead reportedly distanced themselves from the arrest. Mr Melaye was subsequently allowed to walk away by the NIS officials.

The siege marked the second attempt to forcibly arrest Mr Melaye by the police. The first came in early March when officers from special anti-robbery squad laid a siege to the FCT High Court in Maitama, where Mr Melaye had been arraigned and granted bail on separate charges hours earlier.

It was not immediately clear why the police are now at his home.

Police, Shiite Protesters Clash For Second Day

Nigerian police fired teargas for a second day Tuesday at protesters demanding the release of Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in jail without charge since December 2015.

Scores of protesters were also arrested by armed police wearing bulletproof vests and gas masks during clashes in Abuja, the national capital.

“We’ve come under serious attack today,” said Deji Adeyanju of Concerned Nigerians, a civil society group involved in the demonstration.

“The more they attack the more (we) come out,” Deji said. “We want to defy tyranny and a dictatorship.”

The police did not immediately comment.

Zakzaky, head of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has been in government custody since troops clashed with his followers in the northern city of Zaria in December 2015 despite court orders that he should be freed.

More than 350 IMN followers were killed in the 2015 clashes. Zakzaky was shot and injured leaving him partly paralysed and blind in one eye.

The Shiite leader has repeatedly been imprisoned for alleged incitement and subversion.

IMN has been in conflict with the Nigerian government for years, seeking to foment an Iranian-style Islamic revolution in the country’s Sunni Muslim-majority north.

Zakzaky’s followers on Monday had clashed with the police in Abuja’s Maitama area and police made at least 115 arrests.

AFP.

Offa Robbery: Police Arrest 12 Suspects, Release Names

The police have revealed the identities of 12 suspects who were arrested for alleged connection to the last Thursday’s robbery in Offa, Kwara State.

Jimoh Moshood, the police spokesperson at Force Headquarters, released details of the arrests, including recovered exhibits, in a statement to newsmen around 6:00 p.m. Friday.

Read the full statement below:

SUSPECTS
i) Adegoke Shogo 29yrs – Arrested in Offa

ii) Kayode Opadokun 35yrs – Arrested in Offa

iii) Kazeem Abdulrasheed 36yrs – Arrested in Offa

iv) Azeez Abdullahi 27yrs – Arrested in Offa

v) Alexander Reuben 39yrs – Arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos

vi) Jimoh Isa 28yrs – Arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos

vii) Azeez Salawudeen 20yrs – Arrested in Offa and victim’s phone and sim cards recovered from him

viii) Adewale Popoola 22yrs – Arrested in Offa and victim’s phone and sim cards recovered from him

ix) Adetoyese Muftau 23yrs – Arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State

x) Aminu Ibrahim 18yrs – Arrested in Ilorin

xi) Richard Buba Terry 23yrs – Arrested in Ilorin

xii) Peter Jaba Kuunfa 25yrs – Arrested in Ilorin

These three (3) last suspects in whose possession another Beretta pistol and Fourteen (14) rounds of live ammunitions were recovered.

EXHIBITS
i. Two (2) Beretta Pistols
ii. Twenty (20) Rounds of Live Ammunition
iii. Four (4) Phones and SIM cards belonging to victims, some of whom were killed during the attack.

Consequent on the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, deployment of high-powered Police Investigation Team, Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), Three (3) units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Anti-Robbery equipment to Kwara State to carryout discreet investigation into the banks robbery, prevent further attacks and bring perpetrators to justice; the high-powered Police Investigation Team deployed in synergy with the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department have arrested the Nine (9) above mentioned Armed Robbers directly involved in the Banks Robbery and attack on a Police Station in Offa, Kwara State.

2. The Police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols, intelligence gathering which led to the arrest of the suspects.

Some of the arrest also involved serious exchange of gun fire between the Police and the suspects in their various hideouts.

3. The following are the suspects arrested and have admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the banks robbery attacks and are also assisting Police investigation into the incident.

i) Adegoke Shogo 29yrs Native of Offa Kwara State, he was arrested in Offa after the bank robbery and the attack on the Police Station. He is drug baron and also an Indian Hemp dealer in Offa Kwara State.

According to intelligence gathered from cultivated and reliable informant, he is alleged to be one of the sponsors of the robbery attack and the Police Station in Offa. He has made useful statements to the roles he played in the armed robbery.

ii) Kayode Opadokun 35yrs Native of Offa Kwara State, He was found out to have been released from Prison Three (3) months ago after Serving only 8months of his sentence years for Armed Robbery, Notorious Armed Robber and confirmed Gang member of the Offa Bank Robbers. A Barrette pistol and six (6) rounds of live ammunition was recovered from him.

He has admitted to the criminal roles he played in the Offa Banks robbery.
iii) Kazeem Abdulrasheed 36yrs Native of Offa Kwara State, A Gang member from whom a Victim’s phone was found. He was arrested in Offa

iv) Azeez Abdullahi 27yrs Native of Offa Kwara State, Gang member from whom a Victim’s Phone and SIM Cards were recovered.

v) Alexander Reuben 39yrs Native of Isoko LGA Delta state, He is a Notorious, Deadly and Hardened Bank robber from whom GMPGs, Rocket launchers and Several Rifles were recovered in 2015, He was released from Prison in December 2017. He was arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos.

vi) Jimoh Isa 28yrs Native of Okene Kogi State indicted by Technical intelligence generated on the Bank Robbers. He was arrested on the 11thApril, 2018 in Lagos.

4. Three (3) suspects namely Azeez Salawudeen 20yrs, Adewale Popoola 22yrs and Adetoyese Muftau 23yrs from whom Two (2) phones and SIM cards belonging to victims were recovered have also made confessional statements admitting to the various roles they played in the commission of the crime.

5. (i) Aminu Ibrahim 18yrs – Arrested in Ilorin,
ii) Richard Buba Terry 23yrs and
iii) Peter Jaba Kuunfa 25yrs
These three (3) suspects in whose possession another Beretta pistol and Fourteen (14) rounds of live ammunitions were recovered were arrested in connection with the Offa bank robbery. They have previously been investigated and charged to court for armed robbery and cultism.

They have made confessional statements admitting to the various criminal roles they played in the recent bank robbery in Offa.

6. All the suspects during investigation confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime, however, investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and bring them to justice.

7. The Nigeria Police Force once again deeply commiserates with the Government and People of Kwara State, most especially the people of Offa and the families of the victims.

The Force will leave no stone unturned in unravelling this dastard act and bring all those responsible to justice. The Force appreciates the supports from members of the public so far and calls for calm and their cooperation to sustain the normalcy that has been restored in the State.

 

Police Arraign 28 Suspects Linked To Benue Herdsmen Killing

The Benue State Police Command has arraigned 28 persons allegedly involved in the killing of 10 herdsmen in the state.

The herders were among the passengers attacked by hoodlums on Saturday near Yelwata village, along Lafia-Makurdi Highway in Guma Local Government Area of the state.

Counsel to the complainants, Mr Tijani Ahmed, confirmed that the suspects were arraigned on Monday in an interview with newsmen at the Magistrate Court Five, Makurdi, the state capital.

He asked the police to urgently conclude their investigation and allow timely determination of the case, which has been adjourned till April 24 for mentioning.

Speaking for the prosecution, the Commissioner of Police in Benue, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said the arraignment was to serve as a deterrent to any group of persons or bandits who would contemplate the act of criminality of any kind in the state.

Police Recover Illegal Arms In Abia

The Abia State Police Command says it has recovered thousands of illegal arms of different sizes used by criminals and gun runners for various criminal activities.

Displaying the arms and its ammunition at the Central Police Station, Bende Road ,Umuahia,the commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi disclosed that most of the arms were recovered from suspects and called on the members of the public to partner with the police on information that will assist to fish out more criminals from their hideouts.

The CP said that the strategy embarked by the police to rid the state of violent crimes is yielding result as they would not relent in their constitutional duty to ensure that the state is safe and secure for all citizens.

According to the police, illegal ammunition such as pump action gun, locally made pistols, cartridges, were recovered from different locations in the state, some from private individuals while huge quantities from the criminals.

He says that the massive mop-up of illegal arms would send a signal that no one is permitted to own or carry a gun under any disguise as it is illegal or unconstitutional, adding that anyone found guilty will be made to face the law.

Melaye: INTERPOL’s Position Has Vindicated Me

The Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has said the International Police Organisation, INTERPOL’s refusal to place him on its watch list has vindicated him of the allegations of illegal possession of firearms and arming political thugs.

A statement issued in Abuja by Gideon Ayodele, his Special Adviser on Media, reads in full: “INTERPOL has explained why it has refused to do the bidding of the Nigeria Police by placing Senator Dino Melaye on its Watch List, about a week after the Kogi State Command of the local police declared him wanted over pre-meditated and spurious allegations of illeagal possession of firearms and arming political thugs.

“There is no doubt that the position of the INTERPOL validates his assertions and belief that the latest allegations against him were politically motivated by the Kogi State government and its agents, hence he has been vindicated from outside Nigeria since INTERPOL does not engage in “politically-motivated operations”.

“We have earlier expressed our worry regarding the institution of the Nigeria Police becoming entangled in the Kogi political crisis and its partial involvement rather than a mediator or law enforcement agency. Perhaps the message to the local police will be more lounder now that INTERPOL has refused to be dragged into local and partisan politics in Kogi State.

“We are not surprised by the INTERPOL pronouncement regarding Senator Dino Melaye because its charter forbids it, at least in theory, from undertaking interventions or activities of a political, military, religious, or racial nature or involving itself in disputes over such matters.”

Police Rearrest Kogi Jailbreak Suspects

Police have rearrested the last of the suspects who reportedly escaped from custody in Lokoja the Kogi State capital last week.

The suspect, Kabiru Saidu, also known as Osama, is one of six suspects who escaped from the custody of the ‘A’ division of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

A police source who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists said that the suspect was arrested by detectives in Bauchi on Sunday night and taken to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The police source confirmed that all the suspects who broke out of jail where they were being held pending their court appearance, have been rearrested.

Saidu and the other suspects had been arrested for various crimes claiming they were being armed and funded by the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.

Following their escape on the eve of their arraignment, the lawmaker, Senator Melaye challenged the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris to produce the escapees or face a lawsuit.

Since the rearrest of the criminals a few days ago, the lawmaker had yet to comment on the matter during a Senate plenary last week.

It is widely believed that the suspect allegedly planned and coordinated the escape, with the assistance of some police officers.

His initial escape from the cell has led to the immediate removal of the then Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Janga by the IGP.

The police boss also changed the state Commander of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.

He also redeployed the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja, where the suspects escaped, and other police officers implicated in the escape for the same offence.

He consequently directed the Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters, Mr Esa Ogbu, to immediately proceed and take over as the new police boss in the north-central state.

The suspect, Kabiru Saidu, also known as Osama, is one of six suspects who escaped from the custody of the ‘A’ division of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

A police source who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists said that the suspect was arrested by detectives in Bauchi on Sunday night and taken to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The police source confirmed that all the suspects who broke out of jail where they were being held pending their court appearance, have been rearrested.

Saidu and the other suspects had been arrested for various crimes claiming they were being armed and funded by the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.

Following their escape on the eve of their arraignment, the lawmaker, Senator Melaye challenged the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris to produce the escapees or face a lawsuit.

Since the rearrest of the criminals a few days ago, the lawmaker had yet to comment on the matter during a Senate plenary last week.

It is widely believed that the suspect allegedly planned and coordinated the escape, with the assistance of some police officers.

His initial escape from the cell has led to the immediate removal of the then Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Janga by the IGP.

The police boss also changed the state Commander of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.

He also redeployed the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja, where the suspects escaped, and other police officers implicated in the escape for the same offence.

He consequently directed the Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters, Mr Esa Ogbu, to immediately proceed and take over as the new police boss in the north-central state.

Crime: Report All Crimes To The Police, DPO Advises

 

By Murtala Agboola

Nigerians have been advised to report all crimes to the police and be prepared to assist the police in its prosecution.

The call was made by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ataoja Police Division, Osogbo, Mr. Clement Agbemoroti at the monthly meeting of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) at the Police Station recently.

Agbemoroti, a superintendent of Police (SP) recalled a crime report made by the representative of Eleyele Community of Ogo-Oluwa under the division, where the house of a member of the community was burgled when the husband and wife were away to their places of work.

Among the valuables carted away were television set, radio and a decoder of startimes digital satellite television.

The police chief said, the theft was reported at the Ataoja Police Division and the report was made available to the head office of startimes at Oke-Fia.

“The burglar was arrested when attempt was made to recharge after exhausting the subscription on the decoder.

“He was taken to Dugbe Police Station  from where the police at Ataoja were invited to take over”.

He hinted that the police, was preparing to charge the man to court.

The police chief therefore stressed the fact that all crimes must be reported to the police so that the victim would not become the villain.

He said, if crimes are not incidented, if the stolen goods are recovered, the owner cannot retrieve them.

The DPO also narrated an accident at Ayegbaju market, Old Governor’s office recently, where a Pastor driving a suv killed a school boy.

He told the gathering that he was there to pacify the father of the deceased boy with other sympathisers not to take the law into their hands.

Agbemoroti said he was pushed around in an attempt to calm frayed nerves and had to restrain himself when his attempts to pacify the father of the deceased boy failed.

The chairman of the PCRC, High Chief Gbadebo Adeyemo stated that residents have to be extra-vigilant because some motorcyclists come around from neighbouring towns to perpetrate crimes. He therefore asked people to watchout for motorcycle riders who leave and arrive at to their residential areas as early as 5am.

Most of them, according to him, come around to steal valuables and dispossess people of their property.