Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye, has raised the alarm over what he described as immediate threat to his life for political reasons.
Melaye stated this in separate petitions, which were made available to LEADERSHIP. He wrote to the United Nations (UN) Resident Representative, members of the diplomatic corps – including the Ambassadors of the United States, Germany, Canada and the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom.
He also wrote to Amnesty International, Transparency International and the Human Rights Watch.
Through his lawyers, Messrs Ricky Tarfa & Co, Melaye also wrote to the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, urging the police boss to raise a neutral police team to investigate the allegations of “gun running” being levelled against him by the Kogi State Police Command.
The senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District called for the intervention of the police chief, members of the international Community and human rights bodies to save him from what he described as “willful, intentional harassment, oppression, political victimization and threat to life.”
Melaye, in the letter personally signed by him urged the international community and human rights organisations to help guarantee his fundamental rights to liberty and safety from fear and personal harm to his person as well as threats to terminate his life by political opponents.
“As things stand,” according to him, “I live each day in constant and reasonable fear for my life, looking over my shoulders and being harassed by the named politicians.
“I am a law abiding citizen who voluntarily submitted myself before the FCT High Court to answer to charges which I know are unsustainable.
“However, the situation I am in right now gives me reason to believe that the law enforcement agencies, particularly the police, are in cohorts with my political enemies and can even go to the extent of terminating my life extra-judicially.
“I therefore seek your intervention in the circumstances to ensure that my fundamental human rights which both Nigeria and your countries are party to be guaranteed and my life protected.”
Ricky Tarfa (SAN) in a similar petition to the IGPon behalf of Melaye, averred among others that: “The fact that our client is now the one alleged to be a gun runner by the police in Kogi state is therefore extremely suspicious and with all due respect smacks of a set up.
“Our client who is abroad on an official trip had it brought to his notice and immediately informed us yesterday that the plans to set him up and frame him on spurious gun-running charges have been perfected and that some suspects would be paraded as having named him as their sponsor yesterday.
“This is exactly what happened in Lokoja yesterday 19th March 2018, with a press briefing and parade of suspects by the Force PRO on behalf of the Nigeria Police Force.
“Sir, we urge for your urgent intervention in this matter. As we have stated, our client, convinced of his innocence is ready to submit himself for investigation and to answer any charge against his person but by police officers of whose neutrality he is confident in this matter. Police officers from Abuja.
“Our client being a prominent serving Senator…will not and cannot run from Justice, but balks at being delivered directly into the hands of people who have made public threats against his person.
“We anxiously await your intervention sir, to secure the life of our client and to avoid any breakdown of law and order.”
Melaye in his save my soul letter to the UN and members of the diplomatic corps in Nigeria, traced his present ordeal to his vocal stance in the Senate.
“As a Senator, I have been vocal in my contributions to national issues and “particularly so when the interest or wellbeing of the people of my constituency is concerned,” he said.
He noted that as a lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the 8th Senate, he had consistently spoken out against injustice, mis-governance and acts of corruption “without mincing words or minding whose ox is gored in my quest to better the lot of the people of my constituency, my state and the nation as a whole.”