Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, resurfaced on Friday after an acclaimed 11 hours “spent in the wilderness.
Melaye was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday before the Magistrate court in Abuja for alleged gunrunning, but the trial could not hold due to the claims by Senator Ben Bruce, quoting Melaye’s brother, that he had been abducted by unknown gunmen.
On Friday, the day after the trial was scheduled to hold, Melaye wrote on Twitter:
“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!!!”
Contrary to those claims, many have concluded that he was never kidnapped but only staged a walk into a bush to avoid being charged before a Kogi High Court.
See reactions below:
FLASH: Senator Dino Melaye @dino_melaye not kidnapped, he spoke to relatives and some Senators assuring them he’s hiding in the “bush” to avoid being charged to court and that he will reappear disheveled in coming days. pic.twitter.com/OswGH5m9ey
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) July 27, 2018
"I spent 11 hours in the wilderness as God saved me from kidnappers" @dino_melaye
*I am lost for words. Seriously? Now I believe that so called siege on @bukolasaraki's residence was part of a larger scam. This guys don't care if Nigeria burns. It is ridiculous pic.twitter.com/ikMMq6wJ1T
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) July 27, 2018
Drama king, Dino Melaye has announced his return on twitter barely 24 hours after claims he was abducted surfaced online. Will he be 'abducted' again on the next date he is expected to appear in court? We wait as the drama continue to unfold.
— Abubakar Sidiq Usman (@MrAbuSidiq) July 27, 2018
A Wale Adenuga production!!! … We are nothing but pencil in the eye of the creator. #superstory
— Elnino_Abdulaziz (@Elnino_haaz) July 27, 2018
Dino Melaye was 'kidnapped' and his brother called Ben Bruce instead of Police. Poorly scripted Political Movie… Call it Pollywood.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) July 27, 2018
Thur, July 26: Dino Melaye kidnaps himself
Fri, July 27: Dino Melaye releases himself.
Are you not entertained?
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@Rouvafe) July 27, 2018