– Reasons have been given by the Interpol why Senator Dino Melaye, others have not been added to its wanted list as declared by Nigerian police
– The Interpol declared that it does not engage in politically-motivated operations
– It said it examines requests by member countries to issue red notices to ensure compliance with its constitution or rules
The International police organisation (Interpol) has given reasons why Senator Dino Melaye who was declared wanted by the Nigerian Police Force has not been publicly placed on its watch list.
Premium Times reports that the Interpol declared that it does not engage in politically-motivated operations as it is “strictly forbidden for the organisation to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character”.
According to Interpol, “It does not comment on specific cases or individuals except in special circumstances and with approval of the member country concerned.”
It was learnt that the Nigeria police as one of the 192 member countries with active membership of the Interpol network, said the agency had been alerted to place Melaye and other suspects, including Mohammed Audu, son of late Kogi politician Abubakar Audu, on Interpol.
A red notice is an alert for Interpol to locate and temporarily detain an individual pending extradition.
The agency gave reasons why Nigeria police request for Melaye, if at all it had been formally filed, might not meet its criteria for red alert. It said it examines requests by member countries to issue red notices to ensure compliance with the agency’s constitution or rules.
“Interpol evaluates legal and quality compliance issues in individual cases if it becomes aware of information that may prompt reevaluation of a case,” it added.
Giving three reasons why a notice might not be published for an individual expected to be on its website, Interpol said if no red notice is published on its public website, this is either because;
One has not been requested or issued for that person, orThe requesting country has asked that it not be made public, orThe Red Notice did not meet the criteria for publication on Interpol’s public website.
Meanwhile, Tellnaija.com.ng had reported that the police on Wednesday, March 28, declared Dino Melaye wanted. The lawmaker was declared wanted alongside Mohammed Audu, son of a former governor of Kogi state, Abubakar Audu.
Police said the duo have also been placed on Interpol watchlist for allegedly providing false information to the police in relation to an allegation of attempted murder on Melaye’s life sometime last year.
However, few days to the police’s wanted declaration, Senator Melaye was seen at Aliko Dangote’s daughter’s wedding. Also, on the day he was declared wanted, he appeared at the Nigerian Senate, during which he even threatened to sue the inspector general of police Ibrahim Idris.