Gun­men at­tack Dino Me­laye’s coun­try home

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

Gun­men yes­ter­day in­vaded Sen­a­tor Dino Me­laye’s home in Aiyetoro Gbede in Ijumu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Kogi State, with two of his cars rid­dled with bul­lets.

Dino, rep­re­sent­ing Kogi West in the Se­nate, was home for the Easter hol­i­days.

He told jour­nal­ists that the as­sailants stormed his res­i­dence at mid­night and be­gan shoot­ing spo­rad­i­cally.

The sen­a­tor said he got a rous­ing wel­come from Kabba to his home on Fri­day and knew “it an­gered the power that be in the state which mo­bilised for this as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt on my life.”

He said at about mid­night he started hear­ing gun­shots and that about 200 rounds of bul­lets were shot into the house.

Dino said, “If I speak the truth, I will die. If I lie, I will die. I have de­cided to speak the truth and die. I’m not afraid of death. I only re­spect men. I don’t fear them.”

“I sus­pect a sa­tanic col­labo be­tween Taofiq (Chair­man of Ijumu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area) 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.

In a re­ac­tion, the Ad­min­is­tra­tor of Ijumu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Taofiq Isa, de­nied any hand in the in­va­sion and chal­lenged Dino to prove his al­le­ga­tions.

“I have never been a vi­o­lent man. My run­ning bat­tle with Dino, if any, was be­cause I have asked him to stop vil­i­fy­ing the state gover­nor, Ya­haya Bello,” Isa said.

Kogi State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Mr Wil­son Inalegwu, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent, said in­ves­ti­ga­tions have com­menced.

He said the Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice in charge of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment and other men from the com­mand have been de­ployed to the area, as­sur­ing that po­lice were on top of the sit­u­a­tion.

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