Senator Melaiye escapes assassination attempt on his life

Senator Dino Melaye has escaped an assassination attempt on his life, reports say.

According to Tribune Online, the assassins stormed the Kogi home of the Senator and shot sporadically.

During the incident which lasted for about one hour, reports say two vehicles parked in his residence were destroyed.

Speaking to newsmen, Melaye accused the chairman of Ayetoro-Gbede, Ijumu local government area, Taofiq Isa of masterminding the attack.

The Senator also alleged that he was attacked because of his constant criticism of the Governor Yahaya Bello led administration in Kogi state.

Melaye told newsmen that the police in the area came to his residence three hours after the incident.

The Senator also said “I got a rousy welcome from Kabba to my home town yesterday (Friday) and I know it angered the power that be in the state which mobilised for this assassination attempt on my life.

“At about midnight we started hearing gunshot. They fired more than 200 rounds of bullet into the house. This attempt to kill me will not stop me from speaking the truth.

“If I speak the truth I will die, if I lie I will die. Me, I’ve decided to speak the truth and die. I’m not afraid of death. I only respect men I don’t fear them.

“This attempt is being championed by the chairman of my local government. He had said it many times that he will do everything to stop me from coming home. Beside, those assailants when leaving were chanting ‘We will know if it’s Taofiq that owns the land or you.

“I am championing an administrative course. I will continue to speak and be voice to the voiceless. I’m not deterred, I remain resolute to make Kogi better. Nothing will stop me from coming home.”

“The DPO did not come to my house until three hours later. Even the area command in Kabba was not notified until I called the CP. I suspect a satanic collabo between Taofiq and the police in Aiyetoro because the duo had a meeting two days ago.

“Only God will protect us in this country but definitely not the police,” he said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, however said that the command has commenced investigation into the matter.

Debunking Melaye’s allegations, Isa said “I’ve never been a violent man. My running battle with Dino if any is because I have asked him to stop vilifying the state governor, Yahaya Bello.

“Let him (Dino) prove it. I lost my uncle a week ago, I’m still attending to my sick wife and busy supervising the APC re- registration programs. I’m a democrat and law abiding. I challenge Dino to prove his case.”

Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, has been at loggerheads with the state Governor, Yahaya Bello for some time now.

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