Police keep vigil on Melaye’s Abuja mansion

Police keep vigil on Melaye’s Abuja mansion

The police have kept a vigil at the Abuja mansion of the senator representing Kogi West in the Senate, Dino Melaye, in a bid to arrest the lawmaker to answer to allegations of being involved in a case of attempted culpable homicide.

Additional police reinforcements were deployed in the mansion located at 11 Sangha Street, Maitama on Sunday. This followed two days of hide-and-seek between the police officers and the lawmaker, who is believed to be holed up in the residence.

It was gathered that fully-armed policemen, who were ferried to the location by several patrol vehicles, sealed off the major entry and exit points to the senator’s house.

Police officers were also visible at the entrance to an uncompleted building situated behind the lawmaker’s house on Mississippi Street.

The police had on Friday declared a manhunt for the lawmaker, who has been active on social media. The law enforcement agents arrested Melaye’s steward and a private security guard at the scene.

There were also reports that the police had cut off water and electricity supply to the building in an attempt to force the lawmaker out.

Melaye is being hunted by the police in connection with the alleged shooting of a police officer in Kogi last July.

The lawmaker has been engaged in a running political battle with the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, and is also a critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress.


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