Dino Melaye has been allegedly abducted by unknown gunmen, his colleague Ben Murray-Bruce said on Thursday.
Mr Murray-Bruce, one of the key allies of Mr Melaye at the Senate, disclosed this on Twitter a few minutes ago, citing the senator’s brother.
He is facing separate charges for allegedly aiding criminals and attempted suicide and was billed to appear in court on Thursday.
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.
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) July 26, 2018
Meanwhile, one of the associates of the lawmaker who witnessed the incident, Musa Shuaibu, told reporters that he was abducted along the Abuja-Lokoja Highway.
Shuaibu said, “As we speak, his (Melaye’s) whereabouts is unknown. Nigerians must come to his rescue.”
Mr Melaye was among the 14 senators who defected from the All Progressives Congress on Tuesday.
The controversial senator is facing separate charges for allegedly aiding criminals and attempted suicide.
The Kogi police commissioner, Ali Janga, who invited Mr Melaye to report at his office by 10:00 a.m. today, says Melaye had not arrived, but strongly denied knowledge of his whereabouts.
Mr Melaye’s associates, it was gathered, said that the senator was feared kidnapped on his way to Lokoja, but could not ascertain the specific section of the Abuja-Lokoja highway where the incident might have occurred.
Mr Janga’s suggestion that Gwagwalada police should be contacted indicated that Mr Melaye might have run into the encounter while still within the Federal Capital Territory.