Sen. Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) escaped death after gunmen invaded his country home in Ayetoro-Gbede in Kogi State in the early hours of Saturday . . .
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), gathered that the attacking gunmen numbering about ten arrived the house at about midnight through the bush and opened fire from different angles and directions on Dino’s house.
The house was riddled with bullets while two of the vehicles parked in the estate were damaged by the hoodlums. Sen. Melaye was in his country home at Ayetoro-Gbede in Ijumu Local Government Area for the Easter holiday at the time of the sudden 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 the scene. 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 the attack, Sen. Melaye said:
“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 mobilized 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.”
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 (Hon. Taufiq Isa, the Administrator of Ijumu Local Government) 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”
— Sen. Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West)
In a swift reaction, Hon. Isa denied it all, saying, inter alia:
“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 programs. I’m a democrat and law abiding. I challenge Dino to prove his case”
— Hon. Taufiq Isa, Administrator of Ijumu Local Government, Kogi State