By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—FOR engaging in a street protest over the abduction of over 200 female students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, by members of Boko Haram, the police in Abuja have quizzed a social crusader, Otunba Dino Melaye.
Melaye, who is the Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network and former member of the House of Representatives, was interrogated yesterday by the law enforcement agency.
The protest, tagged “#Bring Back Our Girls,” is aimed at compelling the Federal Government to expedite action toward the release of the students by their abductors.
Melaye was earlier invited through a letter from the Office of the Inspector-General of Police,IGP, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, with Ref. No. CR/3000/FIB/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.T/137 and dated June 20, 2014, directing him to appear “to discuss crucial issues of security concern.”
The letter, signed by one Steve Okoshone, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, for Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Force Intelligence Bureau,FIB, read: “The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Force Intelligence Bureau, FIB, Force CID Complex, behind Federal Fire Service, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, invites you to a meeting with him on Monday 23 June, 2014 at 1200 hrs prompt to discuss crucial issues of security concern. Your response will be highly appreciated.”
Commenting on the development, Melaye said the struggle to liberate the masses from the clutches of political vampires was a battle of no retreat, no surrender.
“We must do everything to rescue this country from the hands of these economic canker worm.
“There is intimidation, incessant arrests, threats and assassination attempts on my life.
“But for me, I am resolute because the battle to deliver this country from economic canker worms, financial vultures and inept leadership, as I have repeatedly said, is a battle of no retreat, no surrender.
“In an unjust society, silence is a crime; this is the time in the history of Nigeria where silence is no longer golden. People must come out and speak because the day you stop eating is the day you start dying. Where dictatorship becomes legalised, revolution becomes a right,”he said.