Melaye: NGO Threatens Legal Action Against Police


From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Senator Melaye

The Director of Litigation, Justice Helpline foundation, Barr. Ayo Desmond Jonathan, has raised the alarm over unwarranted harassment and intimidation of Senator Dino Melaye by the Nigerian Police.

The NGO also  has threatened to drag the Nigerian Police to the United Nations over the inhuman treatment being meted out on  the Senator, representing Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

This was contained in a statement issued in Lokoja  and  signed by Bar. Ayo,  the Director Litigation of Justice Help line foundation which was made available to journalists yesterday.

The NGO equally reminded the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that he would account for his deeds either in or out of office

According to Bar. Ayo, the laying of siege at the house of Senator Melaye, the disconnection of electricity and water supply to the Senator’s residence as well as constantly firing of teargas into the residence is the least level the police has gone.

He warned of the dear consequences if anything happens to the Senator.

The Justice helpline foundation is committed to providing pro bono legal services to the indigent, a whistle blower committed to exposing corruption cases, prison enhancement and decongestion, fight against child labour and drug abuse as well as illegal migration.

He said the organization will offer pro bono legal services, carry out prison visitation, adding that it is unfortunate for the police to have declared wanted, laid siege at the Senators residence, when it was alleged that the men of the Civil Defense, officially assigned to protect the Senator were said to have engaged the police and hoodlums who tried to shoot at the senator on that faithful day, on his way to commission some constituency projects.

He lamented the inaction of IGP Ibrahim Idris, saying that the police was displaying its partisanship rather than professionalism.

The NGO caution the police, asking it to be more civil in its approach. It warned that it would not hesitate to drag the police to the UN if any harm befalls the senator by reasons of their action or inaction at trying to get at the senator using unprofessional methods.

“Having followed the activities of the Nigerian Police, and with the unfolding event, we have every reason to be concerned about the real motive behind the new attempt to arrest Senator Dino Melaye considering the spate of strange and unresolved deaths of persons in police custody in recent past.

“We at the Justice Help line foundation have assembled a team of lawyers that would approach the court to seek to restrain the police from attempt to always harass and intimidate Senator Melaye.”