BREAKING NEWS: Melaye Arrested Over Oduah-Must-Go Protest

Published 5 years ago by: aje gist
at 06:01 PM, 23/10/2013 (5 years ago)

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Today, Wednesday in Abuja the police arrested the Executive Director, Anti-Corruption Network, Dino Melaye, after the former House of Representatives member led pro-democracy activists on a protest urging Ms. Stella Oduah's dismissal over the armoured car scandal.

The minister of aviation has been recently attacked for allegedly ordering the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to buy her two bullet-proof BMW cars, worth $1.6m (about N255m).

The protest, which held at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, around 11 am, also involved the group of people supporting Oduah.

The police managed to prevent the clash between the two groups. Meanwhile the security operatives, led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Sunday Olukoya, allowed the pro-Oduah protesters to leave, but stopped the bus conveying Melaye supporters, declaring that they are under arrest.

Melaye, however, asked the police to explain the reasons for their arrest.

The former lawmaker said:
“When the police pension fund was stolen, we protested on behalf of the police; we were not arrested. When we protested against the theft of fuel subsidy fund, we were not arrested.

Now it is surprising for him why, when they are protesting the theft of the nation's money by the minister, they get arrested.

“The protest affects everybody; the police are also affected because they are taxpayers. I’m also a taxpayer.”

Melaye and others were later arrested by the police and whisked away in a Toyota Hilux van, marked NPS 21280 at about 1pm.

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