Oduahgate: Police arrest Dino Melaye for ‘criminal intimidation’
“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.
Mr. Melaye was arrested by police officers led by one Patrick Ejoh, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, and later taken to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Command located in Garki II District of Abuja.
About two weeks ago, Mr. Melaye was arrested briefly at the Eagles Square, Abuja when he and members of his ACN, an anti-corruption group, were protesting.
Besides, the police ransacked the office of the anti-corruption crusader in an apparent attempt to get sensitive documents with which they will nail him.
The Executive Secretary of the Anti-Corruption Network, ACN, Dino Melaye, was on Monday re-arrested by security operatives following the group’s recent protest against the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, who authorised an agency under her ministry to buy two armoured cars worth N255 million.
Before he was taken away from his office on Monday, Mr. Melaye, a former member of the House of Representatives, representing Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency of Kogi State, told journalists that he did not know whose life he allegedly threatened.
In the Warrant of Arrest, the police officers, who arrived Mr. Melaye’s office at about 5.20 p.m., said they were arresting him for “criminal intimidation and threat to life.” There was also an indication in the document that he would be charged to court on Tuesday.
“Two police officers are presently with me and they have come to arrest me,” he said.
“There are two ASPs here – one of them is Patrick Ejoh. They said they were taking me to FCT state command.”
While the protest was in progress, another group of youth also came to the venue to demonstrate in support of Mrs. Oduah.
They had during the protest demanded a probe into the car scandal; as well as Mrs. Oduah’s resignation. They also threatened to go to court if the minister did not resign in 72 hours.
Consequently members of the ACN were held hostage for about one hour by a team of police officers led by one Sunday Odukoya, who wanted to arrest the anti-Oduah protesters for allegedly obstructing the traffic and disturbance of public peace.
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