How I was arrested at the airport – Dino Melaye speaks on arrest


Senator Dino Melaye has narrated how he was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja early Monday morning.

Dino said policemen told him he couldn’t travel as he had been placed on INTERPOL watch list. He was then asked to disembark from the plane.

“‎Myself and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and others were to be on an official trip to Morocco but while some have gone through the Lagos airport today, others are to depart tomorrow,” he said.

“I got to this airport I was checked in and was already in the lounge waiting for departure. Immigration officers invited me that there is a directive from the police that I can’t travel; that I am on their watch list. And I said it was not true, that the INTERPOL said they had not issue an alert on me. I opened INTERPOL’s website and showed them the denial. But they insisted that it was based on the directive from the police.

“I was disembarked and asked me to go to their office (at the airport). They snatched my passport but I snatched my thing back from them. I got it back! I’m still here with them. They circled me and said they were waiting for further instructions from the police.”

The senator had been declared wanted after suspected political thugs accused him of handing out assault rifles and cash sum to them to cause mayhem in the state.

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