My life under threat – Dino Melaye petitions police IG, UN, others


Embattled lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris as well as the international community over alleged threat to his life.
In separate petitions, Melaye alleged that there was a plan to murder him “extra-judicially” by his “political enemies” in collusion with men of the Kogi State Police Command.
The senator also petitioned the United Nations’ Resident Representative and the Ambassadors of the United States, Germany, Canada as well as the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom in Nigeria.
Others petitioned are the Amnesty International, Transparency International and the Human Rights Watch.
Melaye filed the petitions through his lawyers, Messrs Ricky Tarfa & Co.
Melaye, in the petition to the IG, urged the Police boss to raise a neutral Police team to investigate the allegations of gun-running being levelled against him by the Kogi State Police Command, allegedly in conspiracy with the Kogi State Government.
He said, “As things stand, I live each day in constant and reasonable fear for my life, looking over my shoulders and being harassed by the named politicians.
“The Police are willing tools in the hands of these politicians.
“I am a law-abiding citizen who voluntarily submitted himself before the FCT High Court to answer charges which, I know are unsustainable.
“However, the situation I am in right now gives me a reason to believe that the law enforcement agencies, particularly the police, are in cohorts with my political enemies and can even go to the extent of terminating my life extra-judicially.
“I therefore seek your intervention in the circumstances to ensure that my fundamental human rights, which both Nigeria and your countries are party to, are guaranteed and my life protected.”
Recall that the Nigeria Police Force had on Saturday said Senator Melaye and Alhaji Mohammed Audu would be declared wanted if they refused to comply with the court’s order.

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