Senator Dino Melaye, escaped death by the whiskers, as gunmen invaded his house on Saturday, 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 reportedly 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 the News Agency of Nigeria, 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 their arrest impossible.
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.
“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.” Dino said.
“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. Nothing will stop me from coming home.”
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.” Isa said.

Isa added: “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.”


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