Senator Ben Murray Bruce, has on Sunday, cried out that men of the Nigeria Police Force are making frantic efforts to kill his colleague, Senator Dino Melaye
According to him, Policemen are threatening to fire teargas into Melaye’s compound, knowing he is asthmatic.
Recall, that the Inspector-General of Police,IGP, Ibrahim Idris, had earlier explained that the Police Operatives currently at the residence of Senator Dino Melaye, are to effect his arrest to answer to the case of attempted culpable homicide, on the shooting of a Police Officer, Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force, PMF, while on duty at a stop and search point, along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa road, in Kogi State.
Melaye had also raised an alarm, that the IGP was attempting to arrest and inject him to death.
Ben Bruce tweeted: “#HappeningRightNow! The @PoliceNG are currently at @dino_melaye’s residence, and are threatening to fire tire gas into the building.
“And this is intentional. They know he is asthmatic, and if these gases go into his house, they would kill him. Enough is Enough!”
Meanwhile as the siege enters the third day, Policemen keeping vigil at the House of Senator Dino Melaye, in Abuja, fired teargas canisters into his compound, on Sunday.
The Policemen were said to have fired several shots of the canisters, with the view to forcing out the Senator, whom they believe is hiding inside the building.
It was gathered that neighbours living within the area were not spared, as many of them inhaled the teargas, and had difficulties breathing. The entire atmosphere was also said to have been enveloped in thick smoke emanating from the house. The incident has led to confusion in the area.
The Police have blocked the entire Shanga Street, in Maitama, where the house is located, and prevented many residents from gaining access to their houses. Residents of the area have decried the presence of the Policemen, stating that, it is an affront on their fundamental human rights. Both human and vehicular movement in the area have been restricted, as only residents with proper identification are allowed into the area.
The house directly behind Senator Melaye’s, has also been taken over by the Police, in an attempt to prevent him from escaping through the fence. Journalists covering the siege were chased away from the area.
The Lawmaker’s brother, Moses Melaye, had raised an alarm that the Police may have perfected a plan to plant ammunition in the house, to implicate him.
At the time of this report, the whereabouts of the Senator could not be ascertained, but he has promised to surrender himself to the Police.