Remi Tinubu, the senator representing Lagos central in the national assembly, has written a letter to Ibrahim Idris, acting inspector-general of police, requesting police protection from Dino Melaye, her colleague from Kogi west senatorial district, whom she says constitutes a “threat to my life”.
Melaye and Tinubu clashed at the senate last week, and each has gone on to question the conduct of the other. On Monday, Tinubu asked the IGP for protection.
“I am Senator Oluremi Tinubu representing the Lagos Central Senatorial District of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” she wrote in her letter to the IGP.
“During the proceedings of the senate on Tuesday, July 14 2016, I had cause to contribute to a matter of national importance. Apparently dissatisfied with my contributions, Senator Dino Melaye threw caution to the winds, resorted to vulgar abuse of my person and wanted to assault me.
“It was the timely 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 any provocation whatsoever.
“In view of Senator Melaye’s antecedent, particularly in the House of Representatives, where a brawl led by him had led to the untimely death of a member, I have decided not to ignore his threat to my life. Therefore, I’m compelled to urge you to use your good offices to provide me with adequate security.
“Please accept the assurances of my highest regards and esteem.”