The Nigeria Police have denied knowledge over to the alleged kidnap of Senator Dino Melaye, an outspoken critic of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Melaye, representing Kogi West in the Senate, was reportedly kidnapped Thursday morning at Gwagwalada by unknown persons while on his way to Lokoja to attend a court session.
However, the Nigeria Police has denied knowledge of the said kidnap, saying the incident was not reported in any station in the country.
In a statement Thursday night by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, the police challenged the family members of Melaye or his staff who claimed to have witnessed the alleged abduction, to report the matter to the Police.
He said, “Nigeria Police Force have not received any complaint or report in any of its Police Stations or Divisions throughout the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) or any other State of the Federation of the kidnap of Senator Dino Melaye from any of his family member, friend, associate or staff to indicate that the Senator has been kidnapped.”
According to the police spokesmanthe Police got “the report of the purported kidnap of Senator Dino Melaye in some sections of the media”.
Moshood added, “however, the Force has commenced investigation into the purported kidnap of Senator Dino Melaye, and wish to implore any of his family members, relatives or friends who witnessed the kidnap or have information about the purported kidnap of the Senator to report the incident at the nearest police Station to assist the Police in the investigation”.