Updated: March 5, 2021
A Nigerian Senator was being taken to court on Tuesday when he jumped off a moving police van in a spectacular escape rarely seen in the West African country.
Police said at about 12 noon West African time, as Senator Dino Melaye was being taken to court, two vehicles came from nowhere and blocked the police van, allowing the senator to jump off and escape.
He reportedly broke his leg or arm and ended up in the hospital where police re-arrested him.
Senator Melaye, who is a member of the same political party as President Muhammadu Buhari, is seen as a loyalist to Senate President Bukola Saraki who does not have a strong bond with the Nigerian leader.
President Buhari announced recently that he would be running for a second term in office. He would be meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday April 30.
But Nigerians who have accused him of violating human rights and ordering the killing of thousands of activists in Igboland would be protesting in front of Pennsylvania avenue in Washington DC during his meeting with Trump.
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