The embattled Senator representing Kogi West district, Dino Melaye, says efforts by Kogi State Police Commissioner, Ali Janga, to downplay the attempted assassination on him as a mere fabrication, was unfortunate.
Melaye, who insisted that the Policemen actually targeted him for assassination, explained that on the faithful day, while on his way back from Isanlu, some armed Policemen, Special Anti-Robbery Squad flagged down his car next to a vehicle belonging to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) leading his convoy.
He said the next thing after the Police stopped the vehicle of the Civil Defence Corps and arrested the men, “they suddenly opened fire on my vehicle, including my back up vehicle, we all had to run for our dear lives as they continued to shoot at my Jeep.”
The Senator added that apart from the officers of the NSCDC, there were no other security men in his convoy.The Kogi CP alleged that his men who were on stop and search operations in Mopa were shot at severally by the security details on the entourage of Senator Melaye.
But, in a statement by his media assistant, Mr. Gideon Ayodele, the Senator regretted that the entire episode happened in spite of his earlier letter to the Kogi State Police Command, informing them of his plans to tour his constituency and commission about 145 projects across the seven local government councils.
He said: “My lawyer also wrote them and they acknowledged the letters. The Kogi State Police Commissioner was economical with the truth, nobody from my convoy engaged in any gun duel with the Police. Police alleged that it was the last vehicle in my convoy that contained security men that shot the Police. This is a big lie. If it is so, why was it that nobody was arrested?“The vehicle they alleged was never shot at has many bullet holes and why was my car, which was next to civil defence vehicle, the one that was attacked?”