Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi West Senatorial district was allegedly kidnapped today on his way to his home state.
Melaye was reportedly abducted in the Gwagwalada area of Abuja.
The alarm was raised by fellow senator, Ben Murray-Bruce (Bayelsa east) who said he was informed of the incident by Melaye’s younger brother
Murray-Bruce quoted his colleague’s younger brother as saying a car blocked the vehicle in which Melaye was travelling in en route Kogi, while the senator was overpowered and forced into a Toyota Sienna.
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.”
However, the police have yet to confirm the abduction.
Melaye was among the senators who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker’s trial over alleged gun running continued on Thursday at the Magistrate Court in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
His lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, who was represented in court by Yemi Mohammed, told Magistrate Suleyman Abdalah that he had it on good authority that the senator was attacked on Wednesday while leaving for Lokoja.
According to him, the whereabouts of the lawmaker has yet to be ascertained up till the time the Magistrate Court sat for his trial.
Similarly, an officer in charge of police prosecution, Theophilus Otema, told the magistrate that the prosecuting counsel had an emergency which made it extremely difficult for him to appear in court.
He then requested that the matter be adjourned till September 23, but the magistrate rejected the date saying it contravened the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Kogi State, as amended.
Magistrate Abdalah consequently adjourned till August 9 for the commencement of trial.