Melaye Petitions UN, UK, US, Others, Alleges Threat to Life

Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sunday, raised the alarm that his life was in danger..
He said that there was a grand plan to murder him “extra-judicially” by his “political enemies” in collusion with men of the Kogi State Police Command.
Melaye in separate petitions to the United Nations (UN) Resident Representative, members of the diplomatic Corps, including the Ambassadors of the United States, Germany, Canada and the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom and the Amnesty International, Transparency International and the Human Rights Watch, called on the intervention of the Inspector General of Police, members of the international Community and human rights bodies to save him from what he described as “willful, intentional harassment, oppression, political victimization and threat to life.”
Melaye, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), through his lawyer, Ricky Tarfa , wrote to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, urging the police boss to raise a neutral police team to investigate the allegations of “gun running” being levelled against him by the Kogi State Police Command in conspiracy with the Kogi State Government.
Melaye said, “As things stand, I live each day in constant and reasonable fear for my life, looking over my shoulders and being harassed by the named politicians. The Police are a willing tool in the hands of these politicians.
“I am a law abiding citizen who voluntarily submitted myself before the FCT High Court to answer to charges which I know are unsustainable.
“However, the situation I am in right now gives me reason to believe that the law enforcement agencies, particularly the police, are in cohorts with my political enemies and can even go to the extent of terminating my life extra-judicially.
“I therefore seek your intervention in the circumstances to ensure that my fundamental human rights which both Nigeria and your countries are party to are guaranteed and my life protected.”
Tarfa, on Friday, in a similar petition to the IGP, on behalf of Melaye, averred among others that: “The fact that our client is now the one alleged to be a gun runner by the police in Kogi state is therefore extremely suspicious and with all due respect smacks of a set up.
He lamented that despite being in the same political party (All Progressives Congress) with Governor Bello, the Governor and himself have remained at logger heads “because I do not spare him where I feel he has gone wrong with respect to governance in Kogi State.”
Melaye said: “Instead of heeding my positive criticism and advice however, for the good of the State, the governor has allowed himself to become a victim of his own over-inflated ego and reportedly vowed that he would get me recalled from the Senate and deal with me.
“The recall process was illegally initiated on the governor’s instructions and is currently the subject of litigation at the High Court, FCT and Court of Appeal.
“In addition to the initiation of the recall process, the Governor, his Chief of Staff, one Mr. Edward Onoja, among other people, have been making public threats against my person at several fora in Kogi State.”
He said that he attached to the petition a video record of Onoja, where he (Onoja) boastfully threatened “to bring me down before June this year” at a public function in Kogi State.
According to Melaye: “Things got to a level last year where I could only move around Kogi State at great personal risk to myself as thugs who had been commissioned to do so, were bent on attacking me at every opportunity.
“Sometime last year, on April 15, 2017, to be precise, I was at my residence at Iyala, Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State which is my hometown. My residence was attacked by armed gunmen who fired shots sporadically for the sole purpose of assassinating me.
“The unknown gunmen were heard chanting that they were going to kill me by all means. They mentioned the names of some people, saying that I cannot go scot free after humiliating such people.
“I was lucky to escape unhurt and in genuine fear for my life and that of the members of my household, I reported the incident to the Nigeria Police Force. I made a statement to the Police and made mention of all the names of the people the unknown gunmen chanted during the attack
“I further stated that the said people which include the Governor of Kogi State, the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kogi State, one Mr. Edward Onoja, amongst others, had earlier made threats against my person and my life.
“All complaints were made in good faith and there was no motive to destroy the image of anyone. Based on the complaints, the Police commenced investigation and made some arrests.
“On the 29th of April, 2017, the Police, represented by one CSP (Chief Superintendent of Police) Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, addressed a press conference at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, wherein the general public were informed on the progress made in the investigation of the assassination attempt on my life.”
“As things stand, I live each day in constant and reasonable fear for my life, looking over my shoulders and being harassed by the named politicians. The Police are a willing tool in the hands of these politicians.
“I am a law abiding citizen who voluntarily submitted myself before the FCT High Court to answer to charges which I know are unsustainable.
“However, the situation I am in right now gives me reason to believe that the law enforcement agencies, particularly the police, are in cohorts with my political enemies and can even go to the extent of terminating my life extra judicially.
“I therefore seek your intervention in the circumstances to ensure that my fundamental human rights which both Nigeria and your countries are party to are guaranteed and my life protected”, he stated.

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