Over 24 hours after operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were deployed to lay a siege to an Abuja court in a botched attempt to arrest Dino Melaye, the Force Headquarters has failed to offer any explanation for the move.
The police drafted a contingent of well-armed police officers to apprehend Mr. Melaye at the Maitama Division of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory Thursday, shortly after the Kogi State senator was granted bail in an unrelated perjury case.
Mr. Melaye was arraigned by the police on allegations that he provided false information to investigators in an attempt to indict a senior official of Kogi State government. He was granted a N100,000 bail with two sureties.
But as he was trying to complete his paperwork to meet his bail conditions, officers started surrounding the court building around 1:00 p.m.
Mr. Melaye immediately stayed behind inside the court after learning that the SARS operatives were looking for him. Three of the officers later confirmed that they were sent to arrest Mr. Melaye.
The stand-off lasted until 7:54 p.m. when Mr. Melaye slipped out of the court and drove away in a waiting vehicle. All this happened while the officers were outside completely unaware that their target had since departed the scene.
The police did not say why the officers were sent after Mr. Melaye.
Gideon Ayodele, the senator’s spokesperson, said his principal didn’t do anything wrong to warrant the arrest, accusing Governor Yahaya Bello, his political rival, of being behind it.
Gbenga Olorunpomi, a spokesperson for the governor, absolved his principal of any involvement in the siege.
It’s over 30 hours and the Nigerian Police are yet to reveal the reason for this unusual arrest.