The police say the officers at the Abuja residence of Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi west, will not leave until he surrenders.
Jimoh Moshood, force public relations officer, said this in a statement Sunday night.
Some police officers have been at Melaye’s residence since Friday in an attempt to arrest him over culpable homicide. The police said the senator’s armed thugs attacked Danjuma Saliu, a police officer, in Kogi state on July 19.
Moshood said the officers have a warrant for his arrest and a letter was written to the national assembly to inform him about their invitation over the matter.
“Senator Dino Melaye is wanted by the police for a case of 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, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF) on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa road in Kogi state,” he said.
“The police operatives with a duly obtained warrant of arrest deployed to arrest senator Dino Melaye in his residence in Abuja will not retreat until Senator Dino Melaye surrenders himself for arrest and investigation.
“It is on record that the police investigators submitted a letter of invitation dated 23rdJuly, 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 claim by the senate president in the media that the police did not submit a letter of invitation to the clerk of the national assembly is therefore incorrect as can be seen on attached letter with acknowledgment stamp of the Clerk, National Assembly, Abuja ’24 JUL 2018′. Despite this, Senator Dino Melaye bluntly refused to report himself to the police till date.
“For avoidance of doubt, attached to this Press Release are the copies of pictures of the shot police officer, Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, the police invitation letter addressed to the clerk of national assembly, Abuja and the Medical Report from the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Kogi State, confirming the admission of Sgt. Danjuma Saliu into the Hospital for treatment of the gunshot injury he sustained from the attack by senator Dino Melaye and his armed thugs while on Stop and Search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State on 19th July, 2018.”
Moshood said Saliu is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the alleged attack.