Force headquarters, Wednesday, denied plan to arrest and kill Senator Dino Melaye, warning him against hate speech.
Melaye in his Twitter handle had alleged that Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, has given orders for his arrest and injection to death.
While denying that there was no such plan to arrest Senator Melaye or kill him, the Police described Dino’s allegation as hate speech aimed at putting the force into disrepute before members of the public.
A statement by Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, said there was no such order from the Inspector General of Police or any plan by the Force to arrest Senator Dino Melaye and inject him to death.
It said if the senator knew he had committed any crime or was aware of his involvement in any crime, he should come out and confess and face the legal consequences instead of whipping up sentiments to distract the public.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a statement in some sections of the media credited to a serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, captioned “IG plans to arrest me, inject me to death.
‘The Force is categorically stating that the statement is mischievous, malicious, capable of misleading the public and laughable, there was no such order from the Inspector General of Police or any plan by the Force to arrest Senator Dino Melaye and inject him to death.
”But if the senator knows he has committed any crime or he is aware of his involvement in any crime, he should come out and confess and face the legal consequences instead of whipping up sentiments to distract the public.
“The Force sees such defamatory, mischievous, malicious and reckless statement by Senator Dino Melaye as untrue, ridiculous, mischievous and unfortunate. Members of the public are, hereby, enjoined to disregard and discountenance the statement by Senator Dino Melaye in its entirety as untrue and mischievous.
“Senator Dino Melaye is, hereby, called upon to know that his statement constitute a criminal, defamatory offence, hate speech and hateful conduct.
“He should, however, as a lawmaker be law abiding and desist from un-senatorial and lawless utterances that cannot be substantiated with facts.
“The Inspector-General of Police will not be distracted by statements from the likes of Senator Dino Melaye but will continue to ensure that the rule of law prevails in all matters.”