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BBOG, APC blast Melaye over threats against Tinubu

14 July 2016, 09:43

Abuja - The Lagos chapter of the #BringBackOurGirls group has berated Senator Dino Melaye for his threat to “beat up” his colleague, Oluremi Tinubu, during a disagreement in a closed-door session held by the senators.

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress also lambasted the lawmaker for allegedly threatening to attack Senator Tinubu.

In a statement issued Wednesday and jointly signed by Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, Aisha Oyebode, Ayo Obe, and Habiba Balogun, the group described Melaye’s actions as “disgusting”.

“While the issues of the senate and their disagreements remain strictly their issue, it is pertinent to put an end to this recurring act of threat of violence against women,” the group said in the statement also signed by Yemi Adamolekun, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Ngozi Iwere, Olalere Babasola, and Adwoa Edun.

“It is further disheartening that there is no indication to suggest that the leadership of the Senate has referred this weighty allegation for investigation by its Committee on Ethics and Privileges.”

The APC said in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, that if it was true that Melaye issued the threat, then he needed mental check-up.

News24 previously reported Melaye on Tuesday threatened to beat Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

The incident happened during the executive session of the Senate.

Tinubu (APC, Lagos) had reportedly criticised Melaye’s attitude of “always threatening people and behaving childishly and at times like a thug”.

In response, Melaye was said to have charged towards Tinubu, who is the wife of national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, saying, “Look this is not Bourdillon (in reference to the famous Lagos residence of Mr. Tinubu), I will beat you up,…. impregnate you and nothing will happen.”

Other senators quickly rallied round Senator Tinubu to protect her.

- News 24


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