By Ayo Kehinde
Lawyer to Senator Dino Melaye whose Abuja residence has been under siege by the police for the past four days, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene after repeated entreaties to the Police has failed.
Ozekohme, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, in the petition, entitled: Nigeria in The Throes of Anarchy, said the police have trampled the rights of the Senator and violated the spirit of the Constitution by laying siege on Melaye’s residence and denying him and his relatives and wards access to the basic necessities of life such as water and electricity supply, which the invading policemen have cut off.
He said the policemen had also sustained their assault by pumping tear gas through windows of the Senator’s home located at 11, Sangha Street in Mataiama, Abuja.
“On Friday, the 28th of December 2018, , a team of plain clothes policemen, stormed Senator Dino Melaye’s house at No 11 Sangha Street, Maitama, Abuja, and barricaded the entire street before eventually forcefully gaining entry into his compound.
“The said plain-clothed policemen proceeded to beat up Melaye’s security whom they immediately handcuffed. They also arrested the cook and other domestic staff in Senator Dino’s residence,” said Ozekhome in his petition.
He said the siege, which was “led by the Commissioner of Police, FCT, proceeded to do the unthinkable; they disconnected electricity supply to the premises of Senator Dino Melaye, thereby putting his life in grave danger. They have also disconnected water supply to his home thus denying him access to water, a concomitant to basic constitutional right guaranteed by section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as altered. Senator Dino Melaye has been without food for the past 72 hours and counting as the said policemen, have blocked the gate, denying family members and his friends access to him.”
He claimed that the Melaye is being victimized for his anti-establishment views by his state Governor Yahaya Bello and the police, all in a bid to stop his political activism and truncate his senatorial ambition.
“This is no time for a “golden silence”, by Mr President, who is the ultimate supervisor of the Nigerian Police Force under sections 214 and 215 of the 1999 Constitution. This is a humble SOS, Sir, Kindly treat Sir, with promptitude and the urgency now”, Ozekhome pleaded for the life of his client whom he said is asthmatic and has been denied access to medication and the assistance of family members by the police.