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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
HUMAN rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN,
yesterday, called on the lawmaker representing
Kogi West Senatorial district, Senator Dino
Melaye to end the siege by submitting himself
for arrest without any further delay.

He, however, cautioned the Police to conduct
Melaye’s arrest, investigation and prosecution
in strict compliance with the relevant
provisions of the penal statutes and the
In a statement Falana flayed the Police for the
sensationalization of the planned arrest of the

His words: “The fundamental right of every
citizen to personal liberty is guaranteed by
section 35 of the Constitution of Nigeria and
article 6 of the African Charter on Human and
Peoples Rights. The right may however be
violated by the State if there is reasonable
suspicion that any citizen has committed a
criminal offence. The Nigeria Police Force
recently announced its plan to arrest Senator
Dino on the allegation that he has committed
the offences of criminal conspiracy and
attempted culpable homicide. The Senator did
not respond to the invitation of the Police on
the grounds that the permission of the Senate
President, Dr. Bukola Saraki was not sought
and obtained.

“Convinced that the Senator has decided not to
submit himself for investigation, a team of
police personnel have surrounded his
residence with a view to effecting his arrest.

The siege to the house by the Police has
needlessly lasted for 6 days. It has been
reported that the supply of electricity and
water to the house has been disconnected by
the Police. Such action cannot be justified in
law. There is no doubt that the Nigeria Police
Force has itself to blame for the sensational
planned arrest of the Senator.

”The Police ought to have affected the arrest of
the Senator under the relevant provisions of
the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015
which empower the Police and other law
enforcement to break into any house to arrest
if there is evidence that any criminal suspect
against whom a warrant of arrest has been
issued by any court has absconded or is
concealing himself or herself so that the
warrant cannot be executed.”

Surrender To Police, Falana Advises Senator Dino Melaye - Political News

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