The Nigeria police force has denied the allegation by Dino Melaye, senator representating Kogi central, that some policemen have been ordered to kill him.
The senator had alleged that Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), was plotting to “inject me to death.”
“There is a plan by the IG to arrest me today and inject me to death. Men deployed already. CP Kogi and others removed. Nigerians watch out,” he had said.
But reacting via a statement on Wednesday, Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, described the allegation as “mischievous, malicious, capable of misleading the public and laughable.”
Moshood said there was no such order from the IGP “but if the Senator knows he had committed any crime or he is aware of his involvement in any crime, he should come out and confess and face the legal consequences instead of whipping up sentiments to distract the public.”
“The Force sees such defamatory, mischievous, malicious and reckless statement by Senator Dino Melaye as untrue, ridiculous, mischievous and unfortunate,” the statement read.
“Senator Dino Melaye is hereby called upon to know that his statement constitute a criminal defamatory offence, hate speech and hateful conduct. He should however as a law maker be law abiding and desist from un-senatorial and lawless utterances that cannot be substantiated with facts.
“The Inspector General of Police will not be distracted by statements from the likes of Senator Dino Melaye but will continue to ensure that the rule of law prevails in all matters.”