Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west,
says angels of the Lord rescued him from a high
court in Abuja after operatives of the special
anti-robbery squad (SARS) attempted to arrest
On Thursday, the federal government arraigned
the senator for allegedly framing Edward Onoja,
chief of staff of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi
state, in an attempt on Melaye’s life.
The court granted Dino Melaye bail in sum of
N100,000 but SARS operatives prevented him
from leaving. The senator later snuck out of the
Speaking on the floor of the senate on
Wednesday, Melaye expressed displeasure that
the All Progressives Congress (APC) which he
worked for took him to court.
“On the 1st of March, I was arraigned by the
party I worked for. I was arraigned by the
government I helped to install. I appeared before
the court and I was granted bail,” he said.
“Having been granted bail, I was quickly alerted
that there were over a hundred policemen from
SARS outside the court waiting to arrest me.
When they took pictures of them to come and
show me, even if you were going for the head of
Shekau, you wouldn’t have prepared any better.
I was in that court for hours and they laid siege
for hours. Every car coming in and out of the
court were being checked. Somehow because I
serve a living God, the angels of the Lord took
me out of that court unnoticed and unhurt. They
laid siege for more than five hours after I was
resting on my bed.
We have a convention in this country, that when
security agencies are interested in interrogating,
investigating and inviting any senator, they write
the senate president to provide such senator.
Why would they demean the integrity of the
senate, and lay siege on a senator of the Federal
Republic as if you want to arrest a common
Dino Melaye also called on President
Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of
emergency in Kogi state.
The senator said this would serve as “deterrence
to other governors who think power starts and
ends with them.”