What Saraki, Dogara Told Buhari About Dino Melaye’s Travail, 2018 Budget

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Buhari-Saraki-and-DogaraThe Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara on Monday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to compel the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to obey the laws of Nigeria.

Both presiding officers of the National Assembly had earlier met with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the closed-door session, both presiding officers of NASS condemned the treatment allegedly meted on Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye.

They described the arraignment of Melaye on stretcher as “barbaric and uncivilised,” stressing that there was nowhere in the world that people were arraigned on a stretcher, even criminals.

Both officers also said the 2018 budget report will be passed this week.

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Saraki, Dogara Report Police IG To Buhari Over Disdain For Senate, Melaye

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Buhari-Saraki-and-Dogara.jpgPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
The meeting was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja shortly after Buhari returned from his weekend trip to his hometown, Daura in Katsina State.

At the end of the meeting, Saraki and Dogara told State House correspondents that they reported the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to the President over his handling of the case involving Senator Dino Melaye and his disdain for the National Assembly.

They also said the meeting which was at the instance of the President discussed the issue of the 2018 Appropriation Bill still before the National Assembly, the recent invasion of the Senate during which the mace was taken away and the fallouts or Buhari’s recent visit to the United States of America during which he met the US President, Donald Trump.

They, however, said the issue of the impeachment process being contemplated in the National Assembly over Buhari’s approval for the payment of $496m for fighter jets before he sought the approval of the Federal lawmakers was not discussed at the meeting.

Melaye Arraigned, Released on Bail by Court, Rearrested by Police

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Many erupted in laughter at a high court in Abuja on Thursday when Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, displayed a bottle of coke, tissue paper, toothbrush and toothpaste to journalists after he was arraigned.

The federal government arraigned Melaye on a two-count charge.

The senator was accused of deliberately giving false information to the police to frame Edward David, chief of staff of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, for an attempted murder on his life.

Melaye was also accused of making a false statement of facts in a phone conversation with Mohammed Abubakar, son of the late Abubakar Audu, former governor of Kogi, with the intention of harming the reputation of Bello’s chief of staff.

Melaye was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 by Olasumbo Goodluck, the judge handling the matter.

But speaking with journalists after the bail, Melaye said he came prepared in case he was not granted bail.

“I came prepared… just in case the judge didn’t grant me bail, I am ready to go to prison,” Melaye said.

His trial will commence on May 16.

In a comical twist, Melaye got his dream fulfilled as the Police later arrested him and put him in custody immediately he left the court halls.

The police say they arrested Dino Melaye, after he was granted bail in court as a result of pending charges against him. Melaye was arrested on Wednesday after he was granted bail in a magistrate court in Abuja where he was charged with attempted suicide, and criminal conspiracy.

Senator Dino Melaye Recall Fails, Verification Materials Hijacked

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Senator Dino Melaye

The attempt to recall the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has failed after the verified signatories to the petition for his recall fell short of requirements. For the verification exercise to succeed, 50 percent plus one of the signatories to the petition had to be verified.

However, based on the results announced by Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti, the Declaration Officer for the exercise held in the senatorial district on Saturday, only 18,742 of the 189,870 of the signatories to the petition for the Senator’s recall were verified by INEC. Although some hoodlums attacked the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in Mopamuro Local Government of Kogi state on Saturday.

The hoodlums disrupted the collation of results, shot in the air, damaged vehicles and escaped with results sheets, while the INEC staff fled for safety.

One of the INEC staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, alleged that the hoodlums were political thugs who accompanied an aide of the governor to the INEC office to challenge the outcome of the verification exercise as it did not favour them. The hijack of the result sheets at the council, was one of the low points of the exercise to recall Senator Dino Melaye, who represents Kogi West in the Senate. The verification of the signatures calling for his recall was marred by low voters turn out at many polling units.

Reports shows that between 70- 80 per cent of the petitioners in all the 10 wards in the council failed to come out to verify their signatures. The exercise which lasted for six hours from 8am to 2pm, was very peaceful, free, fair and credible as the scanty petitioners were seeing verifying their signature with low turnout. In Ward 01 (Units: 001; 002; 003) , Ward 03 (Units: 01; 02; and some other units in other wards, only 20 to 25 per cent of the petitioners were recorded as counted by the poll officers.

However, one polling unit each in Ward 06 and 07, Orokere and Takete-Ide respectively recorded 40 and 45 per cent turnout while only one polling unit recorded 90 per cent turnout (103 out of 110 petitioners.

Many voters expressed their displeasure over the appearance of their names on the recall register, saying they were shocked because they never at anytime signed any document for Melaye’s recall. One of the voters at Ward 06, unit 04, Mrs Funmilayo Ojo, said that she was surprised to see her name among the petitioners, saying “it shall not be well with the perpetrators of such act”

SARS stops Senate delegation from seeing Dino Melaye at National Hospital

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Operatives of Special Anti Robbery Squad have stopped the delegation of the Senate from seeing Senator Dino Melaye who is receiving medical attention at the National Trauma Centre unit of the National Hospital, Abuja.

DAILY POST which followed the Senate delegation learnt that Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district was in a state of coma as at Wednesday morning.

Senators on the delegation are the deputy Senate leader, Bala Ibn’Nallah, Francis Alimekhena, Emmanuel Bwacha.

The National Trauma Unit of the hospital was heavily guarded by stern looking operatives of SARS.

The leader of SARS was identified as O. F. Onche who insisted that Senators cannot seeDino Melaye which according to him, was an order from above.

“Senator Bala Na’Allah: We are Senators and we are here to see Senator Dino.”

“SARS leader: I know you. You cannot see him now. It is an instruction.”

“Bala Na’Allah: Instructions from above?”

SARS leader: I said it is an instruction, may be you can see the medical director..”

The delegation left without seeing Dino.

Meanwhile, on their way back to the National Assembly, another senator intervened and they were called back.

 

Details later…..

 

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UPdate: Saraki Visits Dino Melaye at National Hospital

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– Bukola Saraki and some Senators have paid a visit to Senator Dino Melaye in National Hospital, Abuja.                                                                                                             – He said the Kogi senator has not eaten in 24 hours                                                                    – He however denied that Dino Melaye was handcuffed to his bed

Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has confirmed that Senator Dino Melaye has been in intensive unit awitout food for over 24 hours. Saraki said this shortly after vising the Kogi senator at the National Hospital on Wednesday, April 25 in Abuja.

The Senate President, Bukola  Saraki  and some senator were allowed to visit Melaye and  at the trauma centre and the meeting lasted for about one hour. Saraki said: “After the sitting at the Senate today, we resolved to come here because over 24 hours we have not heard or know about the state of senator Dino. “We’ve just seen him and he is in intensive care. He’s stable for now. We know he hasn’t eaten for the last 24 hours, we are trying to resolve that, he’s on fluids and he’s being seen by cardiologists, by all specialists.

“As you know he has other (health) issues, he’s asthmatic. We are a bit concerned but for now we thank God he’s stable. We want to thank the management of the National Hospital, the professional and medical staff for what they’ve been able to do. “As for now, he’s stable, he’s being monitored. We’ll continue to pray for him that he continues to recover.”

On reports that Melaye was being handcuffed to his bed, Saraki said: “He’s not in handcuff.” NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, April 25, ended its plenary session early to enable lawmakers to visit their colleague, Senator Dino Melaye,

Read more: https://www.naija.ng/1165773-dino-melaye-eaten-24-hours-saraki-speaks-visiting-hospital.html?source=notification#1165773

Senator Dino Melaye in handcuffs on hospital bed.

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Senator Dino Melaye

Reports from the local media has it that, the Nigeria Police have handcuffed Senator Dino Melaye to a hospital bed at the National Hospital, Abuja.

To forestall the senators escape, visitors were also not allowed to see at all. You will recall that  he was forcefully evacuated by the police from a private medical facility, Zankli Hospital and taken to the National Hospital, where he was admitted at the Trauma Centre on Tuesday night.

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It was gathered that some senators who visited him on Wednesday (today) were barred by the police from entering the ward where Melaye was being cared for.

Melaye had escaped from police custody on Tuesday while being taken to Lokoja, Kogi State, and was conveyed in an ambulance to Zanklin Hospital, Mabushi, Abuja, after sustaining some injuries from his scuffle with his police escorts.

But the police on Tuesday evening stormed the private hospital and evacuated him to the National Hospital, against his doctors’ advice.

The lawmaker was taken in a police ambulance marked NPF 221 D around 10pm.

Two doctors from the hospital were also reportedly taken away by the police.

The National Hospital spokesman, Dr. Tayo Haastrup, confirmed to the media this evening that Senator Dino Melaye was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday night.

Breaking: Police storm Zanklin Hospital where Dino Melaye is being admitted

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By Joseph Erunke

dibbeABUJA-THE Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force are are currently at the Zanklin Hospital where Senator Dino Melaye is being admitted following injury he sustained while being conveyed to Lokoja this afternoon for a possible parade. Senator Dino Melaye The team of the officers have so far arrested five persons seen at the premises of the hospital who they suspected to have close link with the senator. The operatives mainly from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, have taken over the hospital premises. Some have moved to the amenity ward of the hospital where the hospital is being admitted.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/04/breaking-police-storm-zanklin-hospital-dino-admitted/

Dino Melaye Taken to Lokoja; to be Paraded with other arrested Criminals

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Dino to be paraded with other arrested criminals by Kogi State Police Command today

dibbeSENATOR Dino Melaye, who was arrested Tuesday morning by operatives of the Nigeria Police drawn from its Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, is at present being moved to Lokoja. Senator Dino Melaye the embattled senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District under the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is expected to be paraded later this evening among other hardened criminals who implicated him in the crime that necessitated his arrest.

SW learnt that the senator who was taken into SARS detention facility, located opposite the old Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN junction along the Area 1 expressway, Abuja, was moved out around 12 noon Yesterday in police vehicle heavily manned by SARS operatives. The detention facility where hardened criminals arrested for theft, murder, cultism and other criminal acts are being kept.

Media sources claimed that the parade of Melaye and other criminal suspects among them the re-arrested suspects who had escaped from prison cell, is to be conducted by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Aremu Adediran, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP. He is to carry out the parade assignment on behalf of his immediate boss, Jimoh Moshood, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, who is currently in China on a course.

Our source said before being moved out into the waiting vehicle for onward journey to his home state, Melaye was handcuffed to avoid possible escape from the security operatives. Attempts for inquiry from the Force Headquarters’ deputy image maker were not successful as he refused to pick calls made to his known telephone lines. Recall that the men of the Nigeria Police Force reportedly forcefully carried out the arrest of Melaye without arrest warrant or court order in the early hours of Tuesday. Initial attempts were made by the police to arrest the senator after immigration officials disembarked him from a flight to Morocco on Monday morning. Following his release after three hours detention at the immigration office at the airport, the lawmaker’s house was besieged by over 80 armed police men from Monday noon until the early hours of Tuesday.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/04/breaking-police-move-melaye-lokoja/

Dino Melaye: Ozekhome reveals what Buhari is trying to do

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Mike Ozekhome, the lawyer to embattled Senator Dino Melaye, has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari administration is trying to crush his opponents ahead of the 2019 elections, adopting strategies reminiscent of Adolph Hitler’s Nazi regime.

Speaking to Channels Television on Tuesday, Ozekhome claimed Melaye was abducted by the police with the aim of forcefully arraigning him at a Federal High Court in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

“It is a sad reminder of Hitler’s Gestapo strategies of attempting to annihilate all opponents.

“Nigerians have to wake up to the realities of the perilous times that we are now going through and more perilous times in the days, the weeks, the months ahead because of 2019 elections,” Ozekhome said.

Hours after Senator Melaye’s arrest on Tuesday morning by the police, he jumped from a moving police vehicle, injuring himself in the process.

He was subsequently taken to a hospital in Abuja .

Dino did not jump out of any moving vehicle

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"I did not jump out of moving vehicle" - Melaye

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 earleir deployed to his house.

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.

But given the media hype the whole saga had generated expecially his unwarranted travails in the hands of Immigration officials at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Aiport in Abuja on Monday, April 23 and the attendant but dramatic police siege to his private residence thereafter, where family members and political associates were subjected to traumatic experience for hours, it became necessary for Senator Dino Melaye to end the drama, hence his choice of appearing before the police today.

Later on, they moved to take him to Lokoja in Kogi State. 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.

Contrary to online reports about jumping out of a moving police vehicle, nothing could be farther from the truth as such insinuation is practically impossible for a man saddled between gun-wielding policemen. Today’s incident was a last resort by Senator Dino Melaye in order to foil attempt to kidnap him and kill him by agents of Kogi State governor in connivance with the Police.

Signed:
Gideon Ayodele
Special Adviser (Media) to
Senator Dino Melaye
National Assembly Complex
Abuja.

JUST IN: SARS Operatives Arrest, Detain Dino Melaye

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Senator Dino Melaye, who doubles as the chairman, senate committee on the Federal Capital territory, FCT, representing Kogi West was on Tuesday morning, arrested by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.

dibbeMelaye was this morning, taken to the SARS detention facility located just opposite the old Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN junction along the Area 1 expressway. The SARS detention facility is reputed for imprisoning hardened criminals arrested for theft, murder, cultism and other criminal acts.

It was gathered that the Nigeria Police Force forcefully carried out the arrest of Melaye without arrest warrant or court order. In a telephone conversation this morning, Senator Melaye however sounded rattled, as background conversation suggested a struggle between himself and some of the operatives after which his mobile lines were switched off.
Recall that initial attempts were made by the police to arrest Senator Melaye after immigration officials disembarked him from a flight to Morocco on Monday morning.
Following his release after three hours detention at the immigration office at the airport, the lawmaker’s house was besieged by over 80 armed police men from noon yesterday until the early hours of Tuesday.

 

BREAKING!!!: Police Arrest Senator Dino Melaye

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The Senator representing Kogi west,  Dino melaye have been reportedly arrested this morning on his way to Morroco. A twit on his Facebook account dated today accused the federal government of Nigeria for his arrest. The Nigeria Police Force has recently declared Senator Melaye wanted for Gun Possession and allied offences. More details later….

BBNaija 2018: Dino Melaye hosts Bambam and Teddy A

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Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, on Thursday evening hosted Big Brother Naija ex-housemates, Teddy A and BamBam.

The ex-housemates, who were romantic partners while in the Big Brother house, were hosted in Melaye’s Abuja home.

An excited Dino and fan of the reality show shared a photo of himself with the BBNaija ex-housemates on his social media pages.

He wrote “Teddy A and Bambam of Big Brother at my crib. Great guys.”

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