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‘How I Escaped Being Assassinated At Midnight’ – Dino Melaye

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Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, has explained that he escaped being assassinated at midnight through earlier hints he got while in his village.

Speaking through order 14 of the Senate rules on Tuesday, October 16, 2018,he said, a detachment of anti-robbery squad and Mobile Police from Kogi State Command invaded his home at Aiyetoro-Gbede, Ijumu Local government Area of Kogi State.

He accused Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State, of being the brain behind the assassination attempt on him, stating that he spent over three hours in Lokoja on that day, only for security agents to start looking for him that night.

“Mr President, distinguished Colleagues, I want to bring to the notice of Nigeria Senate of how I was to be assassinated in the midnight at home, Aiyetoro-Gbede.

“I left Abuja and stopped over at Gegu-Beki, Koton-Karfi and GRA, Lokoja and I proceeded to my hometown where my teeming supporters welcomed me.

“I got a hint at about 7 pm that day at Aiyetoro-Gbede that O/C SARS, 2/iC SARS, 2i/c mopol and the Security Adviser to the governor of Kogi State, Commander Jerry Omodara were coming after me in the night.

“I left the town immediately and by 1.00am, they stormed my place and were shooting sporadically till 3.00am before leaving.

Dino further stressed that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ali Jaga at a press conference the following day admitted that they invaded his house.

He called on the Senate to intervene in the continuous attacks on him.

Biodun Olujimi, the senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial district called for a lasting solution, adding that the case would become an albatross to the Senate if nothing was done to stop attacks on the lawmaker.

Senator Ali Ndume suggested that the leadership of the Senate should intervene before discussing the matter on the floor, adding that the case between Dino Melaye and Yahaya Bello was personal.

Bukola Saraki, the senate president, asked the Committee on Police Affairs to interface with the Inspector General of Police over the conduct of his officers.

“This is the fifth time Senator Dino Melaye is raising this attack issue. An injury to one is an injury done to all, so I want the committee to interact with the IG with a view to bringing the crisis to an end.”

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