Dino surrenders to Police, faints , rushed to hospital

Senator Dino Melaye ( Kogi West) has surrendered to police operatives for investigation.

The Senator surrendered to the Police after a week siege to his residence in Maitama area of Abuja.

His water and electricity supply was also cut off.

The Police had insisted during the week that they would maintain the siege to his residence until he surrenders himself for investigation.

The Senator is wanted by the Police for a case of Criminal Conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide, committed on 19th July, 2018, when he and his armed thugs allegedly attacked Police personnel; shot and wounded Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF) on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State.

After the said incident, the Police sent a letter to the Senator through the Clerk of the National Assembly in July 2018 but the invitation was not honoured.

The letter reads in part: “This office is investigating a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Attempted Culpable Homicide reported against Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District Zone.

“You are kindly requested to inform the said Sen. Melaye to report to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command through the undersigned on Thursday 26th July, 2018 at 1100hrs to assist Police investigation.”

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The Senator is however believed to have surrendered to the operatives after some People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers went to his house to persuade him.

After he surrendered, the Police Team were on the way to their office to commence investigation when the Senator fainted due to asthma attack.

After attempts to resuscitate him with his inhaler failed, the Police had to take him to an undisclosed hospital for proper treatment.

A source at the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), said that the Senator decided to act drama after he surrendered to the Police Team.

He said: “You know the Senator is a drama king. He walked gallantly to his car and just a trip from Maitama to our office, he started acting faint. He fainted due to what he described as asthma attack.

“Despite using inhaler, the Senator still acted weakly. So instead of bringing him to our office, we had to take to the hospital for proper treatment since health comes first.

“It is only someone who is alive that we can investigate, so we need him to get well before we proceed with any investigation.”

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The Force Spokesman in a statement in Abuja on Friday however stated the Senator is in stable condition in a Police hospital.

Commenting on circumstances that led to the siege to Melaye’s residence and how he finally surrendered, the Force Spokesman, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood, said: “Senator Dino Melaye wanted by the Police for criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide, committed on 19th July, 2018, when Senator Dino Melaye and his armed thugs attacked Police personnel, shot and wounded SGT Danjuma Saliu on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State has surrendered to the Police Investigation Team on wait at his residence, today, 4th January, 2019 at about 1500hrs.

“The Police Officer, Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care in the hospital.

“The Police Investigation Team had since 28th December, 2018 at about 1000hrs arrived the residence of Senator Dino Melaye with a duly obtained Warrant of Arrest to effect his arrest to answer to a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Attempted Culpable Homicide against him under investigation in the Kogi State Police Command. Senator Dino Melaye on sighting the Police Team locked up himself in the building to evade arrest.

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“The Warrant of Arrest was obtained after Senator Dino Melaye refused to honour Police invitation dated 23rd July, 2018, signed by the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command addressed to the Clerk, National Assembly, Abuja, inviting Senator Dino Melaye to report on 26th July, 2018 at 1100Hrs at the Kogi State Police Command, CIID, Lokoja to answer to a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Attempted Culpable Homicide against him under investigation in the Kogi State Police Command.

“The Police Investigation Team cordoned off the building and continued to be in wait for eight days for Senator Dino Melaye to obey the law and surrender himself for arrest.

“While the Police Investigation Team was waiting, Senator Dino Melaye granted an interview monitored on Television Stations that he was not in Abuja.

“This claim eventually was discovered to be completely false as Senator Dino Melaye surrendered to the waiting Police Investigation Team today at his residence in Abuja at about 1500hrs.”

The Police also said Melaye was currently in its custody for investigation and taken to Police hospital, Abuja for medical attention adding that he was in stable condition.

Moshood also revealed that investigation into the case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide against him is on-going after which it will be taken to court.