Just as Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has confirmed the arrest of Sen. Dino Melaye at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday morning, the Nigeria Police Force have detailed its officers to lay siege to his residence.
Spokesman of the NIS, Mr Sunday James, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Melaye was arrested by Immigration officials “based on instruction”. The confirmation came hours after the senator, who represents Kogi West, announced the arrest on his Twitter handle at 7:32 a.m.
“I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Government after checking in,” he tweeted.
The police recently declared Melaye wanted after he was accused of supplying arms to some murder suspects, who allegedly implicated him.
The senator denies the allegations, which he describes as politically motivated.
However men of the Nigeria police had taken over the Abuja home of the senator. Two aides of the senator who did not want to be named, confirmed to Premium Times on Monday, April 23, that the siege began about 1.40 pm shortly after police officers arrived Melaye’s residence in Mississippi, Maitama District of Abuja.
The Sun reports that four loaded police vehicles were parked on the road leading to Melaye’s house.
The policemen on ground declined to comment and also prevented journalists from taking pictures of the siege.