The Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, was arrested by men of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Monday.
Melaye, who broke the news himself in a tweet at 7.32 a.m., said he was arrested at the Nnamidi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja while trying to board a flight to Morocco on an official engagement.
“I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Govt after checking in,” he said on Twitter.
The spokesperson of the NIS, Sunday James, later formerly confirmed the arrest, saying it was based on instruction.
The police recently declared Melaye wanted following his refusal to honour invitations extended to him over alleged conspiracy and illegal possession of prohibited firearms.
This was sequel to the court summon obtained by the police after his initial arraignment at a Federal High Court, Lokoja in Kogi State.
Melaye’s summon follows the arrest of two men in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, on January 19, after they confessed to having committed various crimes such as kidnappings and armed robbery.
They also disclosed that the Senator had handed them a bag containing firearms.
The police while parading Kabiru Seidu and five other suspects who escaped from a detention facility in Lokoja, said it is in the interest of Senator Melaye to voluntarily report to the Police in order to forestall the execution of an arrest warrant issued against him.