The Nigerian Police Force on Wednesday described as ridiculous, unfortunate, mischievous, and outright falsehood the claims by Senator Dino Melaye that the Inspector-General (IG) Ibrahim Idris planned to arrest and inject him to death.
Melaye had raised alarm through his official social media pages that the police had deployed personnel to assassinate him.
He also mentioned the alleged redeployment of the Police Commissioner in Kogi State as part of the plot to carry out the act.
But the police rose to defend IG Idris yesterday, denying that he ordered personnel to arrest and inject the Kogi West senator.
In the reaction, Force spokesman Jimoh Moshood, an acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), described Melaye’s claims as untrue, ridiculous, mischievous and unfortunate.
The statement reads: “The Force is categorically stating that the statement is mischievous, malicious, capable of misleading the public and laughable. There was no such order from the Inspector-General of Police or any plan by the Force to arrest Melaye and inject him to death, but if the senator knows he had committed any crime or he is aware of his involvement in any crime, he should come out and confess and face the legal consequences instead of whipping up sentiments to distract the public.
“The Force sees such defamatory, mischievous, malicious and reckless statement by Melaye as untrue, ridiculous, mischievous and unfortunate.”
On the implication of the statement, the police said: “Melaye is hereby called upon to know that his statement constitutes a criminal defamatory offence, hate speech and hateful conduct.
“He should, however, as a lawmaker be law-abiding and desist from un-senatorial and lawless utterances that cannot be substantiated with facts.”
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