Like in an American movie, police re-arrest Nigerian senator who jumped off moving police van in spectacular escape Updated for 2021


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.

“At about 1200Hrs of today Sen. Dino Melaye while in lawful custody of the Nigeria Police Force personnel and being taken for arraignment in Federal High Court Lokoja from Abuja, escaped from lawful custody when hoodlums and miscreants in Two Toyota Hilux Vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying Senator Dino Melaye around Area 1 Round About, Abuja and in the process the Senator jumped out of the Police vehicle through the window and was rescued from the Police men by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination,” Police said in a statement.
“The Police team re-enforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. The Senator would be arraigned in court without further delay,” police added.
Police said “one of the Toyota Hilux vehicles used by the hoodlums and miscreants in aiding the escape of the Senator has been recovered by the Police investigation team”.
“The Inspector General of Police has therefore directed a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and escape of Senator Dino Melaye from lawful custody”.


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