Melaye accuses police of assassination attempt

Melaye accuses police of assassination attempt

- Senator Dino Melaye has accused the Nigeria police of plan to kill him

- The Senator said the Kogi state police commissioner is being economical with the truth on the gun fight between his security aides and some police officers

- he said he had to run for his life during the feud with the police team

The Senator representing, Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye has accused the state's police command of attempts to kill him.

Melaye also alleged that the Kogi state commissioner of police, Ali Janga, was economical with the truth over an open fire between his security aides and some police officers.

Punch reports that Melaye in his reaction to police allegation that the Senator's security details shot at police officers conducting ‘stop and search’ operations in Mopa.

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A statement by Gideon Ayodele, an media aide to Melaye said the Senator was returning from Isanlu when armed Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives stopped his car next to the vehicle of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps leading his convoy.

Melaye said: “The police stopped the vehicle of the civil defence corps, arrested them and suddenly opened fire on my vehicle, including my back- up vehicle. We all had to run for dear life as they continue to shoot at my SUV and, apart from the officers of the NSCDC, there was no other security man in my convoy."

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“This is happening in spite of my earlier letter to the Kogi state police command informing them of my plans to tour my constituency and commission my projects across the seven councils. My lawyer also wrote them (police) and they acknowledged the letters," Melaye said.

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“Nobody from my convoy engaged in gun battle with the police. The police alleged that it was the last vehicle in my convoy that contained security men and that they shot at the police. This is a big lie. If it was so, why was it that nobody was arrested?

“The vehicle they alleged was never shot and why was it that my car was next to civil defence vehicle that was attacked?” Melaye asked.

Meanwhile, previously reported that a police sergeant was allegedly shot in the chest after some officers and the security details of the Senator engaged in a gun battle in Kogi state.

The office is said to be recuperating in the hospital while the police has asked Melaye to report at the SCIID office in the company of his guards.

The police said it has launched a fresh investigation into the shooting between Melaye's aide and officers in Kogi state.

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