Armed riot policemen on Monday laid siege to Abuja residence of Senator Dino Melaye on Shanga Street, Maitama, ostensibly to arrest him.
The security operatives blocked one end of the street with a Toyota Hiace bus with tinted glasses and Abuja number plate, RSH 193 TP, and a pick-up at the other end.
They also prevented persons in the building from going out, but later allowed family members, friends and guests to enter and exit the premises.
Immigration officers had earlier in the day arrested, detained and attempted to seize the passport of the senator at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on his way to Morocco.
The operatives claimed that they were acting on instruction from the police, which had asked them to detain the Senator who is representing Kogi West at the Senate.
The senator in a tweet on Monday said, “Over 30 heavily armed fierce looking mobile police men have just stormed My residence in Maitama, Abuja. All roads leading to House has been condoned off, as heavy mobile police men blocked entry & exit of the road. They currently laid siege on in and around The house.
Melaye in further tweets alleged that there is a plan to kill him.
He also revealed that his brother, he simply identified as Moses and his friend were arrested in front of his house.
”We are in a civil society. No warrant and case is in court yet this lawlessness. I’m a responsible NIGERIAN and law abiding. There is a plan to kill me and I know about it. We are not in a banana Republic. I can not be silenced, Melaye said.
He tweeted, “My brother Moses and his friend have just been arrested by the police in front of my house
Meanwhile, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Adeniran Aremu, said the lawmaker was indicted for possession of illegal firearms and had refused to honour police summons over the alleged crime.
“We have invited him twice, but he refused to honour our summonses, that is why we have sent our men to arrest him. They are at his residence and they will not leave until they have apprehended him”.
The police had alleged that Melaye contracted one Kabiru Seidu and his gang as political thugs, adding that the lawmaker met with the suspect on Airport Road, Abuja, inside his car in December 2017 and gave him a bag containing an AK-47 rifle, two pump action guns and N430,000 to share with his boys.