The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, is again in the news.
He has said that he escaped another assassination attempt on his life at his constituency in Kogi on Thursday as gunmmen were said to have opened fire on his convoy in Ayetoro-Gbedde, Ijumu Local Government Area of the state.
The attackers who were allegedly dressed in police and the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) uniform were said to have attacked the senator on his way from Yagba.
An account had it that the attackers barricaded the road between Mopamuro and Aiyetoro with vehicles allegedly belonging to the police and the joint task force.
It added that on sighting Melaye’s convoy on his return from the inauguration of projects in Yagba federal constituency, the gunmen opened fire on the black G-Wagon Mercedes Benz conveying the senator.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Police Command has summoned the Senator to report at the State Criminal and Investigation Department after his armed guards were alleged to have fired on a team of policemen on patrol duties in the state.
A police sergeant was the victim of the shooting, the police said and is recuperating in the hospital.
The Kogi Police Command asked Melaye to report at the SCIID office in the state capital, in the company of his armed guards, as investigation began on the shooting.
According to the police, their statement was partly to refute Melaye’s allegation that he was shot at by the police.
On the contrary, the police said that Melaye’s guards opened fire first, with the police responding.
In posts on Instagram, Melaye did not mention any shooting incident. However, he claimed the police tried to block his convoy with a grader, packed on a bridge, while he was on his way to Yagba east to commission some projects.
According to him, his convoy avoided the blockade.
In another Instagram post, the senator representing Kogi West said the state government barricaded the road to stop his movement.
Here is the police statement:
“Today, at about 1530hours, a team of policemen from the Command was on a routine Anti – Robbery/Kidnapping patrol along Aiyetoro Gbede – Mopa Road.
“During the patrol, and as it is often the practice, the team pinned down at a point at Iyah Gbede Junction, where they were observing the highway and occasionally conducting Stop and Search.
Melaye: claims this grader was used to block a bridge to prevent his passage
“It was in this process a long convoy of vehicles coming from Mopa towards Aiyetoro Gbede approached the Point. Officers of the Command at the Point flagged down the convoy. While the lead vehicle, a Toyota Hilux van, which was later discovered to be conveying officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, stopped to introduce themselves, other vehicles in the convoy dangerously zoomed off without regards to the safety of the officers on ground.
“Surprisingly, some plain clothed armed men, occupying a white Toyota Hilux van, without registration number, without provocation fired gunshots at the officers of the Anti-Robbery/Kidnapping Patrol Team.
“One of the officers, a Sergeant, was hit by bullet on the right part of his chest as a result of which he sustained grievous injury.
“The Officer is currently lying critically ill in the hospital where he has undergone a live threatening surgery and currently recuperating.
“Expectedly, the policemen in self defence responded by firing back to repel the unexpected attack. Vehicles in the convoy nevertheless, drove away from the scene. It was not until the officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were questioned that it was realised that the convoy was that of Senator Dino Melaye.
“It is rather unfortunate that the Senator could after this dastardly act by his aides, be going around with armed men, unknown to the Command who could launch such a lethal attack on police officers in the course of their normal duty.
“It is more saddening that the Senator could turn around to issue misleading statements to cover up the heinous crime committed by his hired aides.
“While, the command has instituted a high powered investigation panel into the incident, Senator Melaye is hereby advised to report with people in his convoy to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Lokoja to assist in the investigation.”