The Nigeria Police has rearrested Senator Dino Melaye at Zankli Medical Center in Abuja where the lawmaker was receiving treatment.
Melaye was arrested early yesterday but landed in the hospital after he jumped out of a moving vehicle while trying to escape from the police.
The police said unknown thugs blocked their vehicle while the senator was being taken to court.
However, spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, Jimoh Moshood led at least 30 armed policemen to Zankili Medical Center, where Melaye was being treated..
There was tension in the hospital as the policemen arrested two persons — a man and a woman — said to be members of staff for an unknown offence.
The policemen summoned the official of the hospital and demanded to know where Melaye was.
The fierce-looking officers asked those walking around to identify themselves.
The statement issued by Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, read:
“At about 12pm of today (Tuesday), Sen. Dino Melaye while in lawful custody of the Nigeria police force and being taken for arraignment in federal high court, Lokoja from Abuja, escaped from lawful custody when hoodlums and miscreants in two Toyota hilux vehicles blocked the police vehicle conveying Senator Dino Melaye around Area 1 roundabout, Abuja and in the process the senator jumped out of the police vehicle through the window and was rescued from the police men by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination.
“The police team re-enforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. The senator would be arraigned in court without further delay.
“Meanwhile, one of the Toyota hilux vehicles used by the hoodlums and miscreants in aiding the escape of the senator has been recovered by the police investigation team. The inspector general of police has therefore directed a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and escape of Senator Dino Melaye from lawful custody.”