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.
He was also spotted arguing on the floor.
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 2.10pm.
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,said, “The drama began at 2.10pm 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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