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Melaye escapes death as gunmen invade house


Dino Melaye

Sen. Dino Melaye escaped death by the whiskers as gunmen invaded his house in the early hours of Saturday at Ayetoro-Gbede in Kogi State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), gathered that the gunmen numbering about ten arrived the house at about midnight through the bush and opened fire from different directions on the house.

The house was riddled with bullets while two of the vehicles parked in the estate were damaged by the hoodlums.

Melaye, (APC-Kogi West), was in his country home at Ayetoro-Gbede in Ijumu Local Government Area for the Easter holiday at the time of the attack

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP William Aya told NAN that the police received a distress call from the senator at about 1 a.m. and immediately responded.

He said the hoodlums escaped before the police arrived, thereby making arrest impossible.

Aya said the Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu had set up an investigation committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations to unravel those behind the attack.

On his part, Melaye said the hoodlums arrived at about midnight and started shooting sporadically at the main building in the compound.

He said the shooting lasted for almost one hour, adding that apart from the building riddled with bullets, two of his vehicles were damaged.

The senator said he suspected Mr Taufiq Isa, the Administrator of Ijumu Local Government to be behind the attack.

According to him, the attack is most likely due to his incessant verbal attacks on the State Government.

“I got a rousing welcome from Kabba to my home town on Friday and I know it angered the power that is in the state which mobilised for this assassination attempt on my life.

“At about midnight, we started hearing gunshots. 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. I’ve decided to speak the truth and die. I’m not afraid of death. I only respect men, I don’t fear them.
“I am championing an administrative course. I will continue to speak and be the voice to the voiceless. I’m not deterred; I remain resolute to make Kogi better. Noting will stop me from coming home.”

Melaye also chided the police for not responding quickly to his distress call, saying that the house of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the town was a stone thrown from the scene of the attempt on his life.

“The DPO did not come to my house until three hours later. Even the area Commander in Kabba was not notified until I called the Commissioner of police. I suspect a satanic collaboration between Taufiq Isa and the police in Aiyetoro because the duo held a meeting two days ago.

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

In a swift reaction, Isa denied having a hand in the attempt on the life of the Senator, saying that he had been busy for sometime taking care of his sick wife.

“I’ve never been a violent man. My running battle with Dino Melaye, if any, is because I have asked him to stop vilifying the state governor, Alhaji 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 programmes. I’m a democrat and law abiding. I challenge Dino to prove his case,” he said.

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  • Arabakpura

    Who is still envious of Dino’s 3rd class certificate that they will want to dispossess him of it by force?

    • bobisa

      Since when a 3rd class become a sin, and this is all you say in a case as serious as this is it about the degree or your hatred for Dino?

      • Arabakpura

        Why do you people always have negative notions? It is because of its worth that the people have come to take it by force! I am just reacting to my hunch! That being his latest acquisition and by simple deductions, the newest possession of his that will attract jealousy!

        • bobisa

          OK now I get it.

  • Aristotle

    Another chapter in the topsy-turvy world of senator Dino Melaye. His past antics make me suspicious of his own innocence in this latest saga. Honestly, I wouldn’t put it past him to “arrange” this latest episode to add to his burgeoning portfolio of adventures.

    In any case, if truly he was a victim of a failed assassination attempt where it took his calling the police commissioner to get help, let’s see if this will make him propose a bill to improve the security situation of his state. Most likely I’m just wasting my time expecting a politician to do the right thing!

  • michael ordu ross

    No Jupiter of whatsoever disposition can stop the likes of Senator Dino Melaye a chief of the APC in in the great Kogi state of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The circumstances of the attack speak of involvement between the forces operating in the state, the Senator has won a vicious and malicious battle over certificate he has equally won that over assassins and their guns.