The Nigeria Police Force says it is yet to receive any complaint about the reported abduction of Senator Dino Melaye.
Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jiomoh Moshood, said this in a statement on Thursday night, hours after reports emerged that the Senator had been kidnapped as he travelled to his native Kogi State.
In the statement entitled, ‘Re: Case of Purported Kidnap of Senator Dino Melaye Today, 26th July, 2018’, Mr Moshood said no police station or division had received any complaint or report “of the kidnap of Senator Dino Melaye from any of his family member, friend, associate or staff to indicate that the Senator has been kidnapped”.
Moshood however added that they were aware of the media reports and are investigating the incident.
“The Force has commenced investigation into the purported kidnap of Senator Dino Melaye, and wish to implore any of his family members, relatives or friends who witnessed the kidnap or have information about the purported kidnap of the Senator to report the incident at the nearest police station to assist the police in the investigation.”
Senator Melaye had been reportedly abducted by gunmen in Gwagwalada, a suburb of Abuja on Wednesday.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, a close ally of Melaye’s broke the news on Thursday morning that the senator had been abducted.
The Bayelsa State senator revealed that he got the information from Melaye’s brother who said the lawmaker was kidnapped after the gunmen attacked them on their way to Kogi State where he had a case to answer.