How I escaped assassination –Dino Melaye

Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, Dino Melaye, yesterday narrated his ordeal in the hands of some armed bandits suspected to be assassins and how he escaped being kidnapped or killed last Thursday while on his way to Lokoja. The embattled lawmaker who recently dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) told journalists that he was on his way to attend a court sitting in Lokoja when he discovered that the assailants were trailing him. Melaye, who has been having a running…

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Melaye resurfaces after 11 hours

Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territiry (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye, has regained his “freedom” after spending 11 hours in the hands of his abductors. Melaye, who broke the news of his “freedom” through his twitter handke, expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their prayers while in captivity. The tweet read as follows: ‘Thank God once again for escaping another dangerous attack. I also thank Nigerians for their prayers and show of Love. Spent 11 hours in the wilderness traumatized but God preserved me. God is the best and in whom…

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Why Gemade, Kwankwaso, Melaye, APC senators jumped ship

Fourteen senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday defected from their party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and African Democratic Congress (ADC) The senators, who made their intention known in a joint letter to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, stated that their decision was after due consultation, with their respective constituents and in line with section 16 (1G) of the 1999 onstitution. They are Dino Melaye, Barnabas Gemade, Ibrahim Danbaba, Shaaba Lafiaji, Mohammed Shitu, Rafiu Ibrahim, Suleiman Hunkuyi, Isa Misau, Monsurat Sunmonu, Soji Akanbi, Usman Nafada, Musa…

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FG arraigns Melaye over alleged escape from custody

The Federal Government, yesterday, arraigned the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, before an Abuja High Court over alleged escape from lawful custody. The trial judge, Justice Slyvanus Oriji, however, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N5million with two sureties in like sum.     After the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, his counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), prayed the court to grant the defendant bail on the same terms of the magistrate court in Wuse Zone 2 Abuja, which was actually going…

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I’ll honour police invitation –Melaye

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The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, says he will honour the invitation by the police. He disclosed this in an interview with a private Lagos-based television station on Saturday, a day after the police accused some persons in his convoy of attacking their personnel in Kogi State. “The account of the police is false and illogical,” the lawmaker said, adding, “I will honour the invitation of the Kogi State Police Command on Thursday, despite the attempts on my life.” Senator Melaye had accused the police of…

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Senate asks FG to restore Melaye’s security details

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The Senate, yesterday, urged the Federal Government to restore Senator Dino Melaye’s (APC, Kogi West) security details, who were allegedly withdrawn more than two months ago.   Melaye, who raised a Point-of-Order to that effect in plenary, said that his security details were withdrawn from him shortly before his arrest on April 23, thereby exposing him to danger.   He said: “While we ask that Nigerians should be defended, we ourselves here also ask to be defended. I announce that the police withdrew police attached to me even before I…

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Drama as Melaye returns to Senate

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CHUKWU DAVID reports on the drama and suspense that greeted the return of Senator Dino Melaye to the upper legislative chamber after about six weeks of absence due to his encounter with the police   Senator Dino Melaye represents Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He is undoubtedly, the most vocal as well as most controversial senator in the 8th Senate. Consequent of this credential, he has definitely become a torn in the flesh to many, including those in the…

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Melaye seeks Buhari’s apology over demeaning comment on NASS

A senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to apologise to the National Assembly for making what he described as demeaning statement against members of the institution. Melaye, who resumed plenary on Wednesday after six weeks of being in police custody for alleged arms peddling and financing of banditry in Kogi State, made the call when he cited Order 14 of the Senate Standing Orders, to speak on how his personal privileges were breached by the alleged comments by President Buhari.…

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Court adjourns false information suit against Melaye indefinitely

Dino Melaye

An Abuja High Court yesterday adjourned indefinitely the trial of a senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate, Dino Melaye in an alleged false assassination information suit filed against him by the Federal Government. The court adjourned indefinitely following confirmation by the National Hospital, Abuja that the lawmaker was on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. The court had on Wednesday ordered Dino to appear before it yesterday for his trial but his counsel, Rickey Tarfa SAN brought an application informing the court of the…

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Court adjourns hearing on Melaye’s bail application to Thursday

A Kogi High Court in Lokoja yesterday adjourned hearing in a bail application and counter motion brought by Sen. Dino Melaye until Thursday. Melaye with Kabiru Seidu, alias Osama, and Nuhu Salihu, aka Small, is standing trial on sevencounts bordering on illegal possession of firearms, criminal conspiracy and illegal dealing in arms.   The Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, gave the ruling at the resumed hearing of the motions. Ajanah, who is the Chief Judge of Kogi, said the adjournment was to enable Melaye to file further and better affidavit on…

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