The lawmaker was allegedly kidnapped on Thursday along the Abuja-Lokoja highway.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (Bayelsa East – PDP) has raised an alarm that Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West – PDP) has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Thursday, July 26, 2018.
Murray-Bruce took to his Twitter account (benmurraybruce) to disclose that Melaye's brother informed him of the abduction.
He posted, "I have just been informed by Moses Melaye, dino_melaye's brother, that Dino has been abducted by unknown persons in a Toyota Sienna that blocked their car and overpowered them on their way to Kogi to answer to Dino’s court case. Lets be on the watch out. Will keep you updated."
According to a report by Channels Television, one of Melaye's associates, Musa Shuaibu, witnessed the incident and confirmed that the lawmaker was abducted along the Abuja-Lokoja highway.
"As we speak, his (Melaye's) whereabouts is unknown. Nigerians must come to his rescue," he said.
Melaye's criminal court case
Melaye was reportedly on his way to his native Kogi State, for the commencement of his criminal trial, when he was abducted.
The lawmaker faces charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, political thuggery and other violent crimes in Kogi state.
After Kabiru Saidu, a.k.a Osama, and Nuhu Salisu, aka Small, were arrested at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi on January 19, 2018, they confessed to the police that Senator Melaye hired them to cause unrest in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The criminal suspects disclosed that the lawmaker handed them a bag containing one AK-47 rifle, two pump action guns and the sum of N430,000 to unleash mayhem in Kogi.
The Senator has always maintained that he's being politically persecuted by state governor, Yahaya Bello, as he faces two other criminal cases.
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