The Senator representing Lagos Central, Oluremi Tinubu, has written the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, requesting ‘adequate security’ saying her colleague, Dino Melaye, is a threat to her life.
Mrs. Tinubu’s letter, dated July 18 and titled “Request for Police Protection”, came seven days after she clashed with Mr. Melaye during a Senate’s closed-door session.
It also came two days after Mr. Melaye roamed her Bourdillion Road neighbourhood in Lagos and then posted photographs of his adventure on social media.
“During the proceedings of the Senate on Tuesday July 14, 2016, I had a cause to contribute to a matter of national importance,” Mrs. Tinubu wrote in her letter delivered to the police inspector general on Monday. “Apparently dissatisfied by my contributions, Senator Dino Melaye threw caution to the winds, resorted to vulgar abuse of my person and wanted to assault me.”
Mrs. Tinubu told the IGP that but for her colleagues who shielded her, she would have been physically attacked by Mr. Melaye, as the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and others who form parts of the Senate leadership were unhelpful.
“It was the intervention of a number of colleagues which prevented Senator Melaye from unleashing physical attack on me. However, as the leadership of the Senate did not call him to order in the circumstance, he proceeded to threaten my life without provocation whatsoever.
“In view of Senator Melaye’s antecedent, particularly in the House of Representatives where a brawl led by him led to untimely death of a member, I have decided to not ignore his threat to my life. Therefore, I am compelled to urge you to use your good offices to provide me with adequate security.”
The Senators who witnessed the “dirty” clash between Messrs Melaye and Tinubu, hinted that the former threatened to beat and impregnate his female colleague.
They said Mrs. Tinubu called Mr. Melaye a thug.
But on Thursday, Mr. Melaye said he did not threaten to impregnate Mrs. Tinubu “because she has already arrived menopause.”
He said he hit back at Mrs. Tinubu after she called her “a dog”.
On Saturday, he flew to Lagos, and later posted on Facebook photographs of himself “walking freely’ on Bourdillion Road where former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu lives.
Mr. Melaye posed for photographs with a street sign indicating his location to be Bourdillion Street in the upscale Ikoyi area of Lagos.
The photographs, posted on the senator’s Facebook page, was accompanied with a message, saying Eru Obodo (the river is never afraid of those swimming in it).
Mr. Melaye’s trip to the nation’s commercial capital and his actions in the city, appeared to have been calculated to dare Mr. Tinubu.
Through his updates, he suggested he had received threats not to enter Lagos and doing so on Saturday was a daring move by him.