Senator Dino Melaye, escaped death by the whiskers as gunmen invaded his house in the early hours of Saturday at Ayetoro- Gbede in Kogi State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the gunmen, numbering about 10, arrived the house at about midnight through the bush and opened fire from different directions on the house. The house was riddled with bullets while two of the vehicles parked in the compound were damaged by the hoodlums.
It was disclosed that Melaye (APC-Kogi West) was in his country home at Ayetoro- Gbede in Ijumu Local Government Area for the Easter holiday at the time of the at-tack.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP William Aya, told NAN that the police received a distress call from the senator at about 1am and immediately responded.
He said the hoodlums escaped before the police arrived, thereby making arrest impossible. Aya said the Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, had set up an investigation committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations to unravel those behind the attack.
On his part, Melaye said the hoodlums arrived at about midnight and started shooting sporadically at the main building in the compound. He said the shooting lasted for almost one hour, adding that apart from the building riddled with bullets, two of his vehicles were damaged.
He said: “I got a rousing welcome from Kabba to my home town on Friday and I know it angered the power that is in the state, which mobilised for this assassination attempt on my life. “At about midnight, we started hearing gunshots.
They fired more than 200 rounds of bullet into the house.
This attempt to kill me will not stop me from speaking the truth.
If I speak the truth, I will die, if I lie, I will die,” he said in reaction to the incident. Melaye also chided the police for not responding quickly to his distress call, saying that the house of the Divisional Police Officer in the town was a stone throw from the scene of the attempt on his life.
He said: “The DPO did not come to my house until three hours later.
Even the Area Commander in Kabba was not notified until I called the Commissioner of Police. I suspect a satanic collaboration between Taufiq Isa and the police in Aiyetoro because the duo held a meeting two days ago. Only God will protect us in this country, but definitely not the police.”