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Police finally bow to court order, release Senator Melaye

Police begins investigation into Melaye’s ‘kidnap’

After apparent rejection of court orders, the Nigerian Police has finally let go the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.

Melaye had been in the custody of the Nigerian Police Force for over two weeks but was eventually set free afternoon on Tuesday.

A Federal Capital Territory High Court had earlier on Monday granted the senator bail. It was, however, alleged that police ignored the order of the court even after the senator reportedly met his bail conditions.

However, on Tuesday, supposedly following public condemnation of the Force, the police is said to have changed its stand and let the senator go home.

Police had last December surrounded the Abuja home of Melaye in a bid to arrest him over claims that he masterminded the shooting of one Sgt. Danjuma Aliu in Kogi State.

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Melaye had initially refused to surrender and even lied that he was not around. However, when it was clear to him that the security operatives were not in any haste to vacate his home, the senator had no option but surrender himself.

The senator soon after surrendering was rushed to police clinic in Garki, Abuja, after he slumped.

The Police later filed before an FCT High Court charges against Melaye, accusing him of illegal obstruction of lawful arrest, resisting arrest and accusing the erstwhile Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, of planning to inject him with poison.

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