Senator Dino Melaye,the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has been summoned by the Kogi State Criminal and Investigation Department and to report at the command for questioning.
The command directed the senator to report at the State Criminal and Investigation Department, Lokoja, the state capital. This was said in a statement by the spokesman of the command, DSP William Ovye Aya. He was charged because his armed guards were firing on ateam of Policemen on patrol duties in the state.
The command accused Melaye’s armed guards of firing on a team of policemen on patrol duties in the state Part of the statement read: Today, at about 1530hours, a team of policemen from the command was on a routine anti-robbery/kidnapping patrol along Aiyetoro Gbede-Mopa road.
During the patrol, and as it is often the practice, the team pinned down at a point at Iyah Gbede junction, where they were observing the highway and occasionally conducting stop and search.
It was in this process a long convoy of vehicles coming from Mopa towards Aiyetoro Gbede approached the point. Officers of the command at the point flagged down the convoy.
While the lead vehicle, a Toyota Hilux van, which was later discovered to be conveying officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, stopped to introduce themselves, other vehicles in the convoy dangerously zoomed off without regards to the safety of the officers on ground.
Surprisingly, some plain clothed armed men, occupying a white Toyota Hilux van, without registration number, without provocation fired gunshots at the officers of the anti-robbery /kidnapping patrol team.
It was reported that one of the officers, a sergeant, was hit by bullet on the right part of his chest as a result of which he sustained severe injury. The officer is currently lying critically ill in the hospital where he has undergone a live threatening and currently recuperating.
Expectedly, the policemen in self defense responded by firing back to repel the unexpected attack. Vehicles in the convoy nevertheless, drove away from the scene. It was not until the officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps were questioned that it was realized that the convoy was that of Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye.
It is rather unfortunate that the senator could after this cowardly act by his aides, be going around with armed men, unknown to the command who could launch such an attack on police officers in the course of their normal duty.
It is more saddening that the senator could turn around to issue misleading statements to cover up the heinous crime committed by his hired aides. While, the command has instituted a high powered investigation panel into the incident
Distinguished Senator Melaye is hereby advised to report with people in his convoy to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Lokoja to assist in the investigation.
The confrontation between the police and Senator Melaye happened days after some hoodlums burnt down new classrooms built by the senator and donated to a secondary school in Sarkin Noma, Lokoja, Kogi state.
It was gathered that the school buildings,Lokongoma Secondary School and Governor Girls Secondary school, Sarkin Noma in Kogi state were part of the senator’s constituency projects set to be commissioned by the senator.
The buildings are among sixty nine the senator had reportedly arranged for inauguration as part of his three year stewardship in Kogi west senatorial district.