The Nigeria Police on Sunday claimed that the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye was declared wanted for attempted homicide.

Explaining the reasons for the siege on the lawmaker’s Maitama, Abuja residence by security operatives since Friday last week, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood said the operatives were deployed there to effect Senator Melaye’s arrest.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Moshood said the warrant for his arrest was in connection with the attempted culpable homicide in the shooting of a police officer, Sgt. Danjuma Saliu attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF) while he was on search and stop duty along Aiyetoro Gbede – Mopa Road in Kogi State

The Police said the offence was committed by the Senator and his armed thugs in Kogi State on July 19, 2018 when they shot and wounded the police officer for trying to stop their convoy.

He added that Sgt. Saliu is yet to recover from the gunshot injuries he sustained during the attack and is currently still under intensive medical care.

“Police investigators have written the Clerk of the National Assembly for Senator Dino Melaye to report at Kogi State Police Command, CIID, Lokoja for him to answer to these offences against him under investigation in Kogi State Police Command but he has bluntly refused to report himself to the Police.

“Police operatives will continue to be in wait at the residence of Senator Dino Melaye until he surrenders himself for arrest. The offence for which Senator Dino Melaye is being investigated is capital in nature and not compoundable.

“The Force will not tolerate attack on its personnel by any individual no matter how highly placed. The law must take its course,” the statement said.