Police deny Assassination Attempt on Melaye

The Kogi State Police Command has denied the allegations that some of its personnel attacked the convoy of the lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye.

Senator Melaye on Thursday accused the police of shooting at his convoy on his way to inaugurate a project in his constituency on Thursday in Kogi.

But the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ali Janga, faulted the claims, saying his men opened fire in defence of a purported shooting by some individuals in the lawmaker’s convoy, ChannelsTV writes.

“Unidentified civilians inside (a vehicle in the convoy) decided to open fire on my policemen. You don’t expect the police to fold their arms; eventually they replied and opened fire too,” he told newsmen in the capital Lokoja Friday.

“Dino has been going round telling people that he was attacked by unidentified people armed men; no, they were real police officers.

“They were there on assignment. Nobody attacked Dino but rather, his convoy attacked my policemen and they repelled.”

Mr Janga also faulted the reports that two police personnel died in the process, saying only one officer sustained a fatal injury and is being treated at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

He condemned the alleged assault on the police officers at the scene of the incident, saying the police would be forced to declare the embattled lawmaker wanted, should he refuse to honour their invitation.

“We are going after him (Melaye) and if we cannot see him, we will declare him wanted and we will send his name for watchlisting,” said Janga.

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