Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has alleged that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is planning to arrest him and inject him to death.
The lawmaker alleged that police operatives meant to carry out the IGP’s order had already been deployed.
“There is a plan by the IGP to arrest me today (Tuesday) and inject me to death. Men deployed already. The Commissioner of Police in Kogi State and others (have been) removed. Nigerians, watch out,” he wrote via his Twitter handle, @dinomelaye.
But the spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, described Melaye’s statement as mischievous, laughable and capable of misleading the public.
He said there were no plans by the police to arrest the senator, but that if he had committed a crime, he should come out of hiding and confess.
“There’s no such order by the IGP.”
“And we want to use this medium to tell high-profile people like the senator that they have a responsibility not to make utterances that are capable of misleading the public,” Moshood said.
The police spokesman asked the people to disregard Melaye’s statement.
He added, “There are no police personnel deployed to arrest him. Or does the senator knows something we don’t know? Has he committed a crime that he is afraid of?
“It’s a mischievous statement just to mislead the people and orchestrate disaffection towards the police.”