Nigerian lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye has been stopped from traveling out of the country.
He was arrested on Monday by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on his way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Government after he had checked in.
The Street Reporters Newspaper, an online news portal, reported that the politician confirmed the arrest, even as police lay ambush around his home.
Dino Melaye was declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force for his alleged involvement in a murder case and provision of support for criminal elements in his home state of Kogi.
“I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Govt after checking in,” he said on his Twitter handle early Monday morning.
The arrest of the Senator was confirmed by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).
Spokesman of the Service, Mr Sunday James, however disclosed that Senator Melaye’s arrested by Immigration officials was “based on instruction”.
He was however release hours later.
The Senator told newsmen on inquiry that he was blocked as he was undergoing security and immigration screening.
He said he was place on ‘no fly’ list and that he was, therefore, barred from travelling at the airport but Mr. Melaye said he “snatched back” his passport from the official who confiscated it and made to proceed to board his flight.
“But I was then cycled by police officers trying to hold me and saying I am on Interpol wanted list,” Mr. Melaye said.
“We have called Interpol and they said it is a lie. Someone has also mentioned to me that my name was placed at the airport by a police commissioner.
“So here we are, a standoff at a public place at our international airport. We are here.”
The police recently declared Melaye wanted after he was accused of supplying arms to some murder suspects, who allegedly implicated him.
The senator have since denied the allegations, describing the allegations as politically motivated.
He was later put on INTERPOL’s wanted list, which the agency refused to enforce, arguing that it would not be dragged into local politics.
It was gathered that after his release, the police went ahead to lay siege on his Abuja home.
It was unclear if the police wants him rearrested at the time of this report.