Reinstate Melaye’s security aides, Senate tells police, NSCDC

Dino-Melaye

The Senate has called on the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to reinstate the security detail withdrawn from the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, saying his life is in danger. The upper chamber of the National Assembly, however, rejected the call by Melaye that police deployment of 30,000 men in Ekiti State to monitor the governorship election on Saturday should be investigated.

Melaye, at the plenary on Wednesday, raised a point of order to condemn the police for deploying such a huge number of men in a state for an election when Nigerians were being killed by armed herdsmen and militias in other states. He said, “I read with fear that 30,000 policemen were drafted to Ekiti to observe, monitor and provide security for the governorship election. I wonder why the crises in Zamfara, Dapchi, Chibok, Taraba, Benue, Jos have not attracted 30,000 policemen, where Nigerians have been consistently killed.”

Interrupting Melaye, Senator Oluremi Tinubu raised a point of order to point out that the Kogi senator was not in the seat allotted to him and his motion should not be entertained. Melaye had recently demanded the relocation of his seat from the majority All Progressives Congress section of the chamber to the minority Peoples Democratic Party section.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session, however, argued that the presiding officer was empowered to exercise discretion to recognise a lawmaker from any sitting position.