DSS Denied Abduction Of Senator Dino Melaye From Police Hospital
- PDP can’t abandon Melaye in trying times’
The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied abducting a senator representing the Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly Dino Melaye from the Police hospital and forcefully took him to the Service’s medical facility in Abuja.
“The Service wishes to state that the information, as being misrepresented by sections of the media, is far from the truth,” DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya said in a statement on Saturday.
“It had, at no time, abducted the Senator.” Afunaya further stated that it was the Police that brought Melaye to the DSS facility after obtaining a 14-day detention warrant with effect from 9th January 2019.
He said, “the aim of bringing him to the Service’s facility is to complement Police efforts in giving the Senator a deserved medical attention.”
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DSS’s denial came less than 24hours after it was reported that masked men stormed the police clinic in Garki, Abuja, and whisked away the lawmaker.
Melaye abducted senator, had earlier claimed in an interview with journalists on Monday that he was not fit to travel to Lokoja where the case of an alleged culpable homicide against was being investigated by the Kogi State Police Command.
Also at another event, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council in Kogi State has described as fictitious, unfounded and tendentious, claims that the party has abandoned the spokesman of the council and senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, in his hour of need.
Days after he gave himself up, an ailing Melaye was whisked away from the police hospital in Abuja, where he had been receiving treatment by masked security operatives on Friday.
Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, claimed Melaye was moved to a health facility of the Department of State Services (DSS) following complaints that his condition was not improving. He was yesterday moved to the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) office in Guzape District, Abuja.
“The police investigation team obtained a 14 day remand warrant from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on January 9, 2019, to keep Senator Dino Melaye in police custody for investigation into the case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide against him till 23rd January, 2019.
Speaking exclusively to news men in Lokoja, Friday, Director of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in Kogi State, Chief Clarence Olafemi, described the claim abandonment of Melaye as fictitious, adding that despite his travails, Melaye is in high spirit following the outpouring of solidarity and encouragement from partymen and women.
Olafemi, a former speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly and one time acting governor of the state disclosed that some leaders of the party had kept vigil at the hospital, while supporters were also trooping in to see him.
“The claim that Senator Dino Melaye has been abandoned by the party is a lie from the pit of hell. Dino Melaye knows that the party cannot abandon him. Would you say that Bukola (Saraki), has abandoned Dino? Can he abandon him? Would you say that Atiku (Abubakar) has abandoned Dino? Can he abandon him? These are Dino’s friends come rain, come sun.
I am the director of the campaign council (in Kogi State) and Dino Melaye is a very strategic figure to the campaign. I am reassuring you that we are doing every thing possible to ensure that Dino wins the Kogi West Senatorial District election, whether they keep him in prison or they don’t keep him in prison. The war against Melaye is purely political.
On what steps the PDP leadership has taken so far to ensure Melaye’s release from detention, Olafemi said, “there is no step we can take other than to give him moral support and encourage the lawyers to work hard towards securing his release, and they are doing that.
Visitors, party leaders and supporters, are trooping in daily to the hospital to see him to give him strong moral support. I can assure you authoritatively that Dino is in high spirit where he is.
No doubt he will have some element of psychological depression. Like Nelson Mandela, he is struggling against the tides, but one day, he shall be liberated