Friday 20th October, 2017
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Kogi APC crisis worsen as Senator Dino allege assassination attempt on his life

Kogi APC crisis worsen as Senator Dino allege assassination attempt on his life

The crisis rocking the Kogi state ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC),  particularly, the wester senatorial district, yesterday took a dangerous dimension, as  the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District at his country home Aiyetoro-Gbede in Ijumu local government area of Kogi State said he narrowly escaped assassination attempt made by yet to be identified gunmen on his life.

It was observed that  his building was riddle with bullets, while two vehicles were destroyed which include one security vehicle and auto house vehicle.

Narrating his ideal to journalists, Senator Dino who is Chairman Senate Committee Federal Capital Territory  said the assailants came at about 12 midnight and shooting directly  into his building.

He said the shooting was heard intermittently at little break for more than one hour where, two of his vehicle (security car and caravan) were destroyed.

Dino who fingered the chairman of Ijumu Local Government, Hon. Taofiq Isa said the attack was carried out because of he was critical of the state government.

"I got a rousing welcome from Kabba to my home town on Friday and I know it angered the power that be in the state which mobilised for this assassination attempt on my life.

"At about midnight  we started hearing gunshot. 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. Me, I've decided to speak the truth and die. I'm not afraid of death. I only respect men I don't fear them.

"This attempt is being championed by the chairman of my local government. He had said it many times that he will do everything to stop me from coming home. Beside, those assailants when leaving my house were chanting 'We will know if its Taofiq that owns the land or you.

"I am championing an administrative course. I will continue to speak and be the voice to the voiceless. I'm not deterred, I remain resolute to make Kogi better. Noting will stop me from coming home."

When contacted, the Ijumu Chairman, Taofiq Isa who doubled as the chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) denied any  involvement in the assassination attempt, said he has been busy attending to his sick wife.

Taofiq urged Dino to prove his allegation against him, "I've never been a violent man. My running battle with Dino if any is because I have asked him to stop vilifying the state governor, Yahaya Bello.

"Let him (Dino) prove it. I lost my uncle a week ago, I'm still attending to my sick wife and busy supervising the APC re- registration programs. I'm a democrat and law abiding. I challenge Dino to prove his case."

The state Police Public Relation Officer, William Aya who confirmed the story said the DCP Crime is already mandated to investigate the matter.