The Dino Melaye series: ‘Kidnpped’ on court day, ‘freed’ after case


* Next date is August 9

August 9, 2018 has been fixed for the case involving Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi West, but many wonder if another incident would play out that day. The first day he was to appear in court over gun running charges, he was involved in suicide threat and was stretchered to hospital. The day he was to appear in court again last Friday, he was ‘kidnapped’ only to be ‘freed’ after the case was adjourned to another day. What is next?

This has forced analysts to dig into Melaye’s life of controversies and intrigues. He was in PDP, caused enough rancour, left to APC, caused more rancour, and is now back to PDP. His home branch of the PDP has said no to his ticket back to the senate. His state government had attempted to recall him from the senate.

First, the kidnap saga: Melaye says he has regained his freedom after spending 11 hours in the “wilderness”.

Writing via his Twitter handle on Friday, Melaye thanked Nigerians for their prayers while in “custody”.

Melaye tweeted; I thank God once again for escaping another dangerous attack. I also thank Nigerians for their prayers and show of Love. Spent 11 hours in the wilderness traumatized but God preserved me. God is the best and in whom ONLY I trust. They will continue to try. WE SHALL OVERCOME!!!

THEWILL recalls that Melaye’s brother had raised an alarm on Thursday that the senator had been kidnapped.

Melaye’s reported kidnap was then tweeted by Bayelsa Senator, Ben Murray Bruce, who reported that the Senator’s younger brother called him to inform him of the incident saying Melaye was bundled into a Toyota Sienna while he was travelling to Kogi.

However, Nigerian Police’s Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood said Melaye’s abduction was not reported by any member of his family and stated he escaped into the bush to avoid being kidnapped.

Melaye was absent on Thursday at a magistrate court in Lokoja, Kogi state, where he is facing a gun-running trial.

Owing to his absence, the case was adjourned till August 9.


(Source: Wikapedia)

Early life and education

Daniel Dino Melaye was born in the city of Kano. He was a Student union leader at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Sen. Dino Melaye graduated from the institution in year 2000,[2] before leading the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). After that he became the Secretary General of African Youth Council and then that of the Commonwealth Youth Council.[citation needed]These positions won him the African youth of the year award among many other citizens of 54 competing Commonwealth countries in 2005 after which he was appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo to chair the Presidential Advisory Council on Youths.[citation needed]

He studied Geography from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Over 30 undergraduates are enjoying scholarship under his education empowerment fund, sinking of boreholes in various villages in his constituency, and has donated drugs worth several millions to hospitals in various villages and has instituted a continuous widow empowerment program.[citation needed]

Political life

Melaye was a member In the House of Representatives, where he openly opposed President Jonathan Goodluck, calling his government the most corrupt one in Nigeria.[3]

In the 2015 Senatorial election he was elected a member of the Senate of Nigeria from the Kogi West Senatorial District.[4]

He seconded the nomination of Senator Bukola Saraki as candidate for the office of President of the Senate following a nomination made by Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima.[5]

Political controversies and scandals

Melaye’s political career has not been spared of scandals and accusations.

As a senator, it was alleged that Melaye continued to operate a checking and savings account with a US bank, in violation of Nigeria law, a report he has not denied.[citation needed] Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Bureau strongly and clearly prohibits the use of foreign accounts by elected and public officials.

One transaction on Melaye’s Bank of America debit card is an approved payment to the New York-based Schweiger Dermatology for $1,000. The company describes itself as a medical and cosmetic dermatology service offering a variety of skin healthcare needs.[citation needed]

Melaye has repeatedly dodged questions that he operates these bank accounts, despite evidence provided including transaction dates, bank statements, card numbers, and location of the transactions.[citation needed]

Melaye criticised Edo state Governor Adams Oshiomhole for “importing his wife” rather than marrying a Nigerian woman.

Melaye had threatened to beat up Senator Oluremi Tinubu and ‘impregnate’ her on the floor of the Senate.

In June 2017, a process to recall Senator Melaye from the National Assembly was kickstarted.

The Senator characteristically has accused the governor of “shooting the moon and boxing the air.”[6]

Melaye further said, “Spending over N1bn of taxpayers’ money on an unproductive venture, when salaries and pensions have not been paid, is wicked. “I will continue to defend the poor and defenceless masses of Kogi State. If I die, I die. We must rescue the state, he was arrested 23 April 2018 on the international wing of Nnamdi azikiwe Airport by NIS as they claim his name was on the watch list of the interpol after the Nigeria 🇳🇬 police declared him wanted .”[7]

In May 2, 2018, Senator Melaye was arraigned in court by the Police on Wednesday at Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Abuja. He was granted bail in the sum of N90million by the court, having met the bail condition but was rearrested by the police shortly after his release.[8]

On July 24 2018, Melaye alongside 13 other Senators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. [9]

On July 26 2018, Dino Melaye was kidnapped. His whereabouts remain unknown.

On July 27 2018, Dino Melaye regains his freedom from his abductors.

Certificate Scandal

Melaye was involved in various certificates[10] scandals in 2017 including his claim to have obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Ahmadu Bello University and a degree from the prestigious Boston-based Ivy League Harvard University in the United States.[11] he claimed to have obtained the degree but not yet verified

Melaye who might face severe criminal charges that might undermine his political career if such scandals should prevail outrightly denies these claims.[12] However, his colleague and former majority leader of his party (APC) Sen. Ali Ndume calls for the house to probe Melaye’s claims. Melaye claims not only did he graduate legitimately from ABU Zaria, but also, he has successfully earned seven degrees from various other institutions around the world, among them are Harvard’s University Kennedy School for Educational Leadership and London School of Economics and Political Science;[13] a claim that was since refuted by both institutions, with Harvard claiming Mr. Melaye only presented himself for a week long professional development course in late 2016. While LSE claimed there’s no evidence on its database that Mr. Melaye ever Obtained any degree there.[14]

Melaye was eventually cleared by the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Ibrahim Garba[15] who appeared before the Senate Committee to confirm that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from the school, although under a different name.[16]

Personal life

He is currently unmarried. He was previously married to Tokunbo Melaye for ten years. She filed for divorce after a domestic violence dispute where she claimed that he beat her up and pointed a gun to her head. Shortly after, Dino Melaye moved another woman named Alero Falope into the home that he shared with Tokunbo. Falope moved out six months later.[17] Tokunbo had three children with Dino, and had another child with an unnamed woman in July 2016.[citation needed]


In May, 2016, Dino Melaye launched a book titled “Antidotes For Corruption: The Nigerian Story” which received enormous backlash, given the perceived reputation of author.[18] The backlashes were further deepened by the launch event headed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and former First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, who were both entangled in different corruption cases.

The book was also berated for its poor syntax, as ‘antidotes’ was expected to take the preposition ‘to’ against the ‘for’ that was used in title. Some quarters also described the book to be a mere “cut and paste” of newspapers articles.[19] suggesting that the book has little or no original intellectual inputs from the author.

Awards and recognitions

Melaye has won several awards, including Best Honourable Representative of the Year by Global Youth Awareness and Development Initiative, Protector of the Youth P.D.P National Youth Vanguard, Epitome of Servant by National Association of Kogi State Students, Youth Libra for Award by the Visioners Club of Kogi State, the Great Motivator of Students by Nigerian Economic Student Association, Icon of Good Leadership by Kogi Peoples Forum, 2008 Diplomatic Member of the year by St. Monica’s College Kabba and the most performed National Legislator by Vision 2020 Youth Group. Most vibrant Honourable member, Abuja merit Awards African Parliamentarian of the year 2005 in U.S.A. Melaye also won the ‘Senator of the year’ award in 2017 and 2018.


Many persons have criticized him on social media but one was particularly trite;


This doesn’t -in any way- give a positive image to Nigeria. This is just another plot to tarnish the good image which the Bhari-led administration is carving out for Nigeria and Nigerians both at home and abroad. I refuse to be part of an such act by some so called high profiled individuals in our country to spoil the way the outer world sees a Nigerian, for crying out loud, a senator is supposed to be a good model and someone who does things right to pass good virtues downwards for the younger citizens to emulate and abide in, but unfortunately Dino has not been any of these to the Nigerian Youth.