There is a palpable fear and tension at No 11 Sangha Street Maitama Abuja known as (Signature House) the residence of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West as members of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) besieged the house in solidarity support of the senator whose house has been under siege by the police.
The protesters said that they will resist any attempt to arrest the senator by the police adding that he has been on the side of the masses.
The protesters who defied armed policemen stationed at the premises of the house arrived in their number chanting solidarity songs in support of Dino and vowed not to leave until police vacate the house.
The entire street has been thrown into confusion as residents and passers-by were not allowed to have access into the street.
Addressing journalists the Chairman of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Kushigoro Camp, Philimon Emmanuel said that senator Dino Melaye has been their only benefactor who come to their camp once in a month to give them food, drugs and other items.
"We heard that they have arrested senator Dino Melaye because of the truth he has been speaking. We have not seen any senator that can speak the truth like Dino. So anything that will happen to him should happen to us. We have more than 36 camps in Abuja and Nasarawa. It's only Dino Melaye that can visit the IDPs. He gave us food items, drugs and books for our children. We will not allow anything to touch him", Emmanuel stated.
Lawyer to Dino Melaye, Barr. Ajayi Samuel Jaiye said that the action of the police to invade and lay siege on his house is a gross violation of his fundamental human rights. He noted that the police have not invited him formally neither there has been any warrant issued against him to warrant the harassment. He added that the whereabouts of his client is still unknown.
Investigation has revealed that the senator is in the house while the hide and seek game continued.
The standoff between the police and the protesters is still going on at the time of this report.
Dino was on Monday morning prevented from travelling to Morocco at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport by the security agents when he broke the news of on his twitter handle.