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
“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.”