Police ‘Blocked From Arresting Senator’


A special anti-robbery police unit in Nigeria was prevented yesterday from arresting a wanted senator over allegations of giving weapons to kidnappers, Vanguard news site reports.

Dino Melaye had been attending prayers at the home of a deceased senator in central Kogi state when police attempted to arrest him.

They were, however, prevented from making the arrest by a group of vigilantes “who encircled him and made it impossible for the officers to get close to him”, the news site reports.

The vigilantes then escorted him to a car of Senate President Bukola Saraki, the report says.

The flamboyant senator, who represents the Kogi West constituency, was last year criticised when he appeared on a music video depicting his lavish lifestyle.

He is well known for his love of luxury cars, champagne and designer clothes, as his Instagram account shows:.