Lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino
Melaye, has given more insights into his arrest and detention at the
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by security Operatives.
When contacted by Punch yesterday, he said, “My self and the Deputy
Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and others were to be on an official
trip to Morocco but while some have gone through the Lagos airport
today, others are to depart tomorrow.
“I got to this airport I was checked in and was already in the lounge
waiting for departure. Immigration officers invited me that there is a
directive from the police that I can’t travel; that I am on their watch
list. And I said it was not true, that the INTERPOL said they had not
issue an alert on me. I opened INTERPOL’s website and showed them the
denial. But they insisted that it was based on the directive from the
“I was disembarked and asked me to go to their office (at the airport).
They snatched my passport but I snatched my thing back from them. I got
it back! I’m still here with them. They circled me and said they were
waiting for further instructions from the police.”