Sunday, 16 April 2017

Melaye escapes death as gunmen invade his home


Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) yesterday escaped death by the whiskers as gunmen invaded his house in the early hours at Ayetoro-Gbede in Kogi State.
It was 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 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 that the police received a distress call from the senator at about 1 am 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.
Narrating his ordeal, 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. According to him: “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.”
The senator said he suspected 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. But Isa, who doubles as the state ALGON chairman, denied any involvement in the attack, saying he had been busy attending to his sick wife. He called on Melaye to substantiate his allegation against him.
According to him: “I have never been a violent man. My running battle with Dino, 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 programme. “I’m a democrat and law abiding. I challenge Dino to prove his case.” Melaye also chided the police for not responding quickly to his distress call.
He pointed out 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.

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