Senate President, Bukola Sarak, has condemned the invasion of the Abuja home of the Peoples Democratic Party member representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, by the police on Friday.
Saraki in a statement on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the incident “as another instance of police being used to suppress the rights of the citizenry and silencing people with opposing views to the current administration.”
He alleged that it was clear that some interested parties were using the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to put Senator Dino Melaye out circulation throughout the election period.
He noted that a situation where the police invaded the home of a lawmaker, allegedly interfered with the supply of electricity and water to the house, beat up and handcuffed his domestic staff and disturbed the peace of his neighbors by claiming he allegedly committed an offense in July, was unacceptable. Senator Dino Melaye
He said, “The timing of the invasion and the desperate attempt to arrest Senator Dino Melaye is suspicious as the man had raised the alarm a few days before his house was invaded that there was an attempt by the police to get hold of him and inflict injury on his person, an allegation that was denied by the police.
“The general belief now is that the Police action against Senator Dino Melaye was aimed at keeping him out of circulation so that he would not participate in the general elections coming in February.”