Dino Melaye jumps out of police van, ends up in hospital

Senator Dino Melaye was on Tuesday admitted to the Zanklin Hospital , Mabushi, Abuja , after he allegedly jumped off a moving police van at Area One Roundabout , Garki, in an attempt to prevent the police from taking him to Lokoja, Kogi State.
He was said to have engaged the policemen in a scuffle during which he sustained injury leading to his admission in the hospital.
The police were said to be taking him to Kogi State where they allegedly planned to parade him before the media along with six suspects for alleged gun running and criminal conspiracy.
A footage of Melaye’ s encounter with his police escorts and subsequent hospital admission later appeared on the Internet .
The senator was arrested by immigration officers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport on Monday morning on his way to Morocco , but managed to escape from the security personnel .
But later on Monday , policemen stormed his residence at Shanga Street, Maitama , Abuja where they kept a vigil in a bid to arrest him.
On Tuesday morning , he surrendered to the operatives , who drove him away in a white Hiace bus followed by three other vehicles to the Special Anti – Robbery Squad facility at Guzape , Abuja .
Sources said the lawmaker representing Kogi West surrendered to the police after some of his senator friends received assurances from the police authorities that he would not be taken to Lokoja where he alleged he might be assassinated.
It was gathered that Melaye, on suspecting that the police were taking him to Kogi State , engaged the officers in the bus in a scuffle and managed to jump out of the van after it was blocked by unidentified vehicles around 2 . 10 pm .
An eyewitness said about five hefty men, believed to be the embattled lawmaker ’ s supporters , emerged from nowhere in two pick- up vans and made to spirit the senator away in their vehicles .
The situation caused pandemonium in the area as the policemen who were shocked by the audacious act , threatened to shoot the lawmaker and his supporters .
This led to a scuffle during which the lawmaker was allegedly manhandled by the policemen.
Eyewitnesses said Melaye sustained injury during the incident and he was subsequently rushed to the hospital in an ambulance .
One of the eyewitnesses, who spoke in confidence with us said, “ The drama began at 2 . 10 pm and lasted for about six minutes with Melaye’ s boys in two Hilux pick- ups double – crossed the police escort and this gave Melaye the opportunity to jump out of the police van .

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“ Three policemen picked him up and attempted to throw him into the vehicle , but he resisted and later fell on the ground while shouting , ‘ You must shoot me, you must kill me here , I am not going with you to Kogi or anywhere’ . ”
The police alleged that Melaye had contracted one Kabiru Seidu and his gang as political thugs , adding that the lawmaker met with the suspect on Airport Road , Abuja inside his car in December , 2017 and gave him a bag containing an AK 47 rifle , two pump -action guns and N430 , 000 to share with his boys .
The police spokesman , Jimoh Moshood , could not be reached for comment on the incident as he did not respond to calls. He had yet to respond to an SMS as of the time of filing this report.
The Inspector- General of Police , Ibrahim Idris, also refused to comment on the drama when confronted by journalists during the inauguration of the Muhammadu Buhari Housing Estate , Mbora, built for policemen.
“ No , I can ’ t comment on him because we are not here for that purpose, ” he said .
Meanwhile, the IG has ordered a probe into an attempt by Melaye to escape from lawful custody as he was being taken by armed escort on Tuesday .
The force spokesman , Jimoh Moshood , said in a statement that the lawmaker was aided by miscreants to escape , adding that he was later trailed to the Zanklin Hospital.

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