Dino Melaye arrested

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.

‘INEC not aware of move to recall Melaye’

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is not aware of any moves to recall Sen. Dino Malaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District.
INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said this in an interview on Thursday in Abuja.
Explaining the processes involved in recalling an elected lawmaker, Osaze-Uzzi said that a petition signed by at least 50 per cent of the registered voters in that senatorial district must be submitted to the commission.
“It is only when the petitioners get 50 per cent of the registered voters that they can submit a recall petition to the commission.
“That is when INEC can commence the recall process, but we have not received such petition.’’
Osaze-Uzzi said that upon the receipt of such petition, the commission would also embark on a verification, to ascertain whether the recall petition was actually signed by registered voters in that senatorial district.
He said that in conducting the verification of the signatures, the commission would also need to inform the senator involved and the petitioner, to set a date for agents from both sides to be involved in the exercise.
“It is only when we are satisfied with that, we now go for a referendum. That is what the constitution states.
“For now, we don’t know if anybody is trying to recall him until a petition is submitted to the commission.’’
The director further said that the commission would notify the public if anybody or group was able to mobilise the required number of signatures and send a petition to the commission.
Meanwhile, Melaye had alleged that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi had released N200 million for the reported ongoing moves to recall him.