Sen. Melaye Escapes Assassination Attempt in Kogi

Senator Dino Melaye on Thursday escaped an assassination attempt after gunmen allegedly fired shots at his convoy at Ayetoro-Gbede in Ijumu local government area of Kogi State.

It is understood that the gunmen were dressed in police uniforms, and attacked Dino while on his way to Yagba area to inaugurate his constituency projects.

The embattled senator confirmed the attack on Twitter, blaming it on the police.

Taking to his Twitter handle @dino_melaye, he wrote: “I thank God for sparing my life once again. 20 bullet holes on my jeep. Combination of police, SARS and military. God I thank”.

Also speaking on the incident, the special assistant to the Senator on media, Gideon Ayodele, said Melaye’s convoy was attacked around the junction close to the residence of the former military governor of old Oyo state, David Jemibewon in Ayetoro.

This comes as some hoodlums had in the morning prevented the lawmaker from entering Isanlu, headquarters of Yagba east local government area for the inauguration of his constituency projects, Daily Trust writes.

The people were said to have blocked the road with a caterpillar that belonged to the local government, while they made bonfires on the remaining portion of the road.

Kogi State Governor Yahaha Bello has waded in on the situation, calling on the State Security Adviser, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara (Rtd) “to arrest the tides of unrest in some communities in the state, warning Local Government Administrators in the state to maintain law and order in their domains.

“As a Government, we will not condone thuggery and violence and anyone who crosses such red lines shall be reminded of the determination of the new direction of Government to stamp out insecurity in the state,” he said.

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