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Remi Tinubu: IGP May Invite Dino Melaye

Posted: Jul 19, 2016 at 4:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Temidayo Akinsuyi , Nicholas Uwerunonye

LAGOS/ABUJA – Senator Dino Melaye may be invited by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, after fellow senator, Remi Tinubu, wrote to the police requesting personal protection.

Senator Remi Tinubu, wife of former Lagos State governor and leader of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, wrote to the police on Monday, alleging verbal assault on her person by Melaye at a legislative function last week.

Independent learnt that the IGP may invite Melaye over to the high command for talks on the matter.

“Since Senator Tinubu alleged attempted physical assault on her person, the matter now has a criminal intent in it.

“Procedurally, we are supposed to invite the accused over for talks and perhaps some witnesses of the event to corroborate her claims,” an insider at the police command revealed.

Last week, the media reported a major face up between both senators at a meeting.

The reports revealed that Senator Melaye had threatened to beat up Tinubu and ‘get her pregnant’.

This provoked widespread outrage with South West APC warning Melaye to steer clear the region.

In reaction, Melaye took a trip to Lagos and Tinubu’s neighbourhood on Boudillion Street in what appeared to be an open challenge to his traducers who dared him.

Melaye also made a rebuttal of Remi Tinubu’s allegations, insisting that at no time did he attempt to physically assault the lady senator.

He stated that the allegation that he threatened to impregnate Mrs. Tinubu couldn’t be true since he was well aware that she was well beyond child bearing age.

Mrs. Tinubu represents Lagos Central in the upper legislative chamber.

Both senators were elected on the platform of APC.

Melaye later addressed a press conference where he admitted that though he threatened to beat up Tinubu for addressing him as a dog, he never vowed to impregnate her.

However, Tinubu in her letter dated Monday, July 18, called on the IGP to save her from Melaye, who, according to her, had a record of violence.

According to her, a brawl led by Melaye in the House of Representatives once led to the death of a member.

She was apparently referring to the late Aminu Safana, then Chairman, House Committee on Health, who died on October 17, 2007, during a rancorous session by the lawmakers to remove the then speaker, Patricia Etteh.

Melaye, the then Chairman, House Committee on Information, was the arrowhead of lawmakers who stood against the removal of Etteh as speaker.

The letter by Senator Tinubu reads: “I am Senator Oluremi Tinubu representing the Lagos Central Senatorial District of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“During the proceedings of the Senate on Tuesday, July 14 2016, I had cause to contribute to a matter of national importance. Apparently dissatisfied with my contributions, Senator Dino Melaye threw caution to the winds, resorted to vulgar abuse of my person and wanted to assault me.

“It was the timely intervention of a number of colleagues which prevented Senator Melaye from unleashing physical attack on me. However, as the leadership of the Senate did not call him to order in the circumstance, he proceeded to threaten my life without any provocation whatsoever.

“In view of Senator Melaye’s antecedent particularly in the House of Representatives, where a brawl led by him had led to the untimely death of a member, I have decided not to ignore his threat to my life. Therefore, I’m compelled to urge you to use your good offices to provide me with adequate security.

“Please accept the assurances of my highest regards and esteem.”