Why is ‘singing senator’ Dino Melaye in trouble?
Nigeria’s Senator Dino Melaye, who spent this morning under arrest at Abuja airport, is no stranger to controversy and is known as the “singing senator” as he likes to mock his opponents in song.
He first came to public attention in 2010 when as a House of Representative member he was suspended for taking part in a fist fight in the chamber during a move to impeach the then speaker.
He is at loggerheads with the governor of Kogi, his home state, and last year accused the governor of being behind a plot to assassinate him, handing over photos that allegedly showed his vehicle peppered with bullet holes.
However, police said he had fabricated the entire story – and tried to bring a case to court against him.
Their two witnesses then escaped from custody, prompting Kogi police to issue an arrest warrant last month, saying they had also alerted Interpol.
However, the senator remained at large, his security detail was not removed by the police in the capital, his name does not appear on the Interpol Red Notice site – and he even posted a photo of himself on Instagram shaking the hand of a policeman: