The Kogi State Police Command has declared Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District wanted.
The Kogi West lawmaker was declared wanted alongside the son of a former governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Mohammed Audu.
The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga who declared both men wanted while addressing newsmen in Lokoja, the state capital on Wednesday, March 28, revealed that the duo have been placed on Interpol watchlist.
recalls that the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, had issued a warning to both men to appear in court on March 28 (today) or be declared wanted by the Force.
The warning which was contained in a statement issued on Saturday, March 24 by the Force Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, stressed that the duo’s refusal to appear in court would force the Nigerian Police to obtain a warrant for arrest or declare them wanted throughout the country and on INTERPOL platform.
“Working on actionable intelligence, the Kogi State Police Command personnel and operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad trailed and arrested two suspects – Kabiru Saidu a.k.a Osama, 31, From Dekina local government area of Kogi State but based in Anyagba (Leader of the gang) and Nuhu Salisu a.k.a Small, 25, (a member of the gang), after a gun battle with the police team that lasted for some hours on the 19th January 2018 at Ogojueje in Dekina LGA”, Moshood said in the statement.
“During the investigation, they confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of several kidnappings and armed robbery, murder and other violent crimes in different parts of Kogi State for which they have been on the wanted list of the police for more than two years now.
“The gang leader Kabiru Saidu revealed that he and his gang had been working as a political thug for one Alhaji Mohammed Audu, a politician in the state and that Alhaji Mohammed Audu invited him to Abuja and introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye and they met on Airport Road, Abuja, inside the Senator Dino Melaye’s Car in December 2017.
“Saidu further confessed to the police investigative team that Senator Dino Melaye handed over a bag containing one AK47 rifle, two Pump Action guns and the sum of N430,000.00 to share with his boys.
“The police conducted an investigation into the criminal indictments against Melaye and Mohammed Audu and discovered that the two of them have a case to answer”, the statement read.
Four (4) days after the statement, the Kogi State Police Command has declared both men wanted.
The development came after the Police on Wednesday confirmed the escape from custody of two suspects arrested and paraded last week for allegedly working for the senator and Alhaji Audu.