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Interpol slams Nigerian gov’t over Melaye, says ‘don’t drag us into your politics’


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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International Police Organisation, Interpol, has given possible reasons name of a Nigerian lawmaker, Dino Melaye, has not appeared on its watch list, saying it does not engage in politically motivated operations.

The Nigerian police, had, on March 28, declared Mr Melaye, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker representing Kogi East Senatorial District, and seven others wanted on allegations of criminal conspiracy.

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The police also said Interpol had been alerted to place Mr Melaye and other suspects, including Mohammed Audu, son of the late Kogi politician, Abubakar Audu, on its watch list.

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However, Recall that days after the announcement, neither Mr Melaye nor any of the remaining suspects had appeared on the red notice board on the Interpol’s website.

Meanwhile, the police said all the six suspects declared wanted after allegedly fleeing from police custody in Kogi state on March 28, have been re-arrested.

Kabiru Seidu (aka Osama), Nuhu Salisu (aka Small), Aliyu Isa, Adams Suleiman, Emmanuel Audu and Musa Mohammed, who were under detention at the ‘A’ Division Lokoja allegedly escaped from lawful custody hours before they were due to be arraigned in court in Lokoja, the state capital.

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They were arrested on allegations of working as political thugs and suspected assassins for Mr Melaye.

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The police claimed last month that two of the six suspects had confessed to being armed and financed by Mr Melaye, but the lawmaker denied same.

The suspects were due for arraignment on March 28, when they escaped under unclear circumstances.

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