Flamboyant Nigerian politician Dino Melaye detained at airport
Controversial Nigerian senator Dino Melaye says he has been arrested at the international airport in the capital, Abuja, as he tried to fly to Morocco.
The senator, who represents Kogi West constituency, tweeted that he had been going to the North African country for an official engagement:
On Instagram he posted a photo of himself waiting to be questioned, with the words, “Stopped from travelling and under arrest. No retreat no surrender. Talk we must.”
Nigeria’s Punch newspaper reports that the aircraft was about to take-off when policemen asked passengers to disembark.
It is not clear why he has been detained, but last month police said he was wanted for questioning over allegations that he had given weapons to kidnappers.
The Premium Times is reporting that he may be on an Interpol list, which he is why he might have been stopped from travelling.
The flamboyant senator is often in the headlines, last year appearing in a music video about his lavish lifestyle.