When the Nigeria Police Force withdrew its officials guarding VIPs in Nigeria, Senator Dino Melaye's police aides were apparently withdrawn.

But the Senator has a new set of guards and he is proud of them. 

The senator was in Kogi state on Monday for the continuation of his trial for alleged arms running, but there were no police officials guarding him. 

His vehicle was followed by people and he shared this on his Twitter page. 

Since police withdrew their men. The people have become my police. See how the people protected me today in Lokoja. Thank you Kogites

Here is the video of his entry to the court. 

What is now seen as a face-off between Senator Melaye and the police began after the police said some persons it arrested confessed that they were handed guns by the Senator. 

But Melaye has denied that allegation, insisting that he was being persecuted because he was outspoken against what he termed high-handedness of the Kogi state governor.

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He had in April jumped off a police vehicle. The police said it was an attempt to avoid being arrested and the senator was later hospitalized. 

His trial has resumed after he got his bail application approved by a Kogi court.