Front line Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has called on the kogi west senatorial district lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye to end the siege in his residence by surrendering to the police without any delay.
He however cautioned the police to conduct melaye’s arrest, investigation and prosecution in strict compliance with the relevant provisions of the penal status and constitution.
Falana in a statement flayed the police for the sensationalization of the planned arrest of the senator, noting that individual’s right might be violated by the state if there are reasonable suspicion that he/she had committed and offence.
It would be recalled the Nigeria Police Force had announced its plan to arrest the lawmaker on allegation bordering on criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide. But the Senator did not respond to the invitation of the Police on the grounds that the permission of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki was not sought and obtained.
Convinced that the Senator was not ready for the police investigation, a team of police personnel surrounded his residence with a view of affecting his arrest. Within the 8 days siege on his residence, report has it that the supply of electricity and water to the house has been disconnected by the Police, an action not justifiable in law.
Meanwhile the National Human Rights Commission has condemned the laying of siege Dino Melaye’s residence by the police, saying it violates his right and that of his family members.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Tony Ojukwu, in a statement faulted the method adopted by the police in effecting the arrest of Melaye.
The commission said it would not tolerate any form of impunity particularly from security agencies as the February general elections approached.