Melaye, Bruce shun Police invitation, rush to court

Senators Dino Melaye and Ben Murray-Bruce, on Monday, shunned the police invitation in connection with last week’s public protest in Abuja.

Instead, the two senators along with Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, have filed a suit asking the Federal High Court to set aside the police summon.

The senators were expected at the office of the FCT Commissioner of Police for questioning by 10am on Monday but they did not show up.

The Police had alleged that the duo were captured on camera for their active involvement in the disturbance of public peace and public safety and unlawful blockade of Shehu Shagari way for many hours thereby preventing road users’ access.

The Police also allged that they were pushing and hitting policemen in a bid to forcibly gain access to the Force Headquarters to cause damage to Police equipment and government property.

FCT police Spokesman DSP Anjuguri Manzah said yesterday: “We have not seen them yet but we are keeping our fingers crossed.”

“We will respond appropriately. It is an ongoing investigation. Please let us not dabble into it”.

However, the senators have asked the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the police from any further unlawful harassment, intimidation or attempt to arrest and detain them in connection with their peaceful demonstration.

In the fundamental rights suit filed on October 8, 2018, counsel to the plaintiffs, Mahmud Magaji SAN, asked the court to declare that the threat, intimidation and unlawful harassment of the applicants by the police via a letter of invitation, as illegal, unconstitutional and a gross violation of their fundamental rights as guaranteed under section 34 and 35 of the 1999 constitution.

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