Melaye arrested again, may be charged to court

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Dino Melaye

Barely two weeks after leading the protest at the Eagle Square, Abuja over the N255 million Bullet Proof car scandal involving the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, the Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network, Dino Melaye was on Monday arrested by stern-looking security operatives.

Although the exact reason for the arrest was not immediately known as at press time, our correspondent gathered that the ex-lawmaker was whisked to the Federal Capital Territory Police Command by a Special Team led by one Patrick Ejoh, an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

Our correspondent further gathered that Melaye’s house and offices were subjected to thorough search by the security operatives with the hope of getting some sensitive documents..

The Police Officers were said to have arrived Melaye’s office at about 5:20 pm with a Warrant of Arrest for alleged “criminal intimidation and threat to life.”

Giving the copy of the arrest warrant sighted by our correspondent, there are strong suspicion that Melaye may be arraigned on Tuesday at a Magistrate Court in Abuja.

“Two Police Officers are presently with me and they have come to arrest me. I did not know my offence, the two police officers just told me that they have a warrant of arrest on me with a charge of criminal intimidation and threat to life.

“But they did not tell me who I intimidated and threatened. There are two ASPs here, one of them is Patrick Ejoh. They said they were taking me to FCT state command,” Melaye told our correspondent in a brief telephone conversation amidst his encounter with the police

It would be recalled that a bloody clash was recently averted at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja when a group led by Melaye and another group of youths allegedly sponsored by the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah staged demonstrations over the N255 million car scam.

During the confrontation, Melaye and his men were held hostage for about 50 minutes by a team of 200 riot policemen led by one ASP Sunday Odukoya who wanted to arrest the anti-Oduah protesters on claims of obstruction of traffic and disturbance of public peace.

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