Sunday 22nd October, 2017
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Stop Dino from Staging any Protest ; Kogi State Government tells security agents

Stop Dino from Staging any Protest ; Kogi State Government tells security agents

---- I am not aware of any planned- says Dino

The feud between the kogi state and Senator Dino Melaye, head for the worse, as the State government yesterday raise the alarm that Melaye was planning to stage a protest in the state, on Saturday.

The government also called on the security operatives to hold Senator Dino Melaye responsible and accountable for any breakdown of law and order in the state. The Special Adviser to the state government, Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd) who disclosed this in Lokoja while addressing newsmen urged Dino to put a stop to his supporters from carrying out the protest to press home their support over the last Easter eve assassination attempt on the senator.

The government said it is crying out now in view of the fact that the arranged pro-Dino's protest sponsored by the senator and scheduled for tomorrow (today) in the state will be hijacked and result to political hostilities and security chaos. "It has become imperative to address the nagging political hostilities from certain quarters which is fast snowballing into a serious challenge in the our state.

You are all aware of the allegation raised by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District that there was an attempt on his life and how the whole incident was almost politicised. "The state government welcomes the process of investigation by the Nigerian Police which is ongoing to unravel the mystery behind the allegation and ensure the security of lives and property of all the citizens of the state. "However, intelligence report at my disposal indicates plans by some supporters of Sen. Dino Melaye to stage a protest at Aiyetoro-Gbede in support of the senator on Saturday (today).

I am equally aware that some hoodlums and thugs are being recruited within and outside the state to join in the protest. " As much as we do not want the rights of the protesters inhibited, the implications of such a protest in the middle of investigations into the Senator's allegations may be grave as some hoodlums may hijack the process to foment trouble and disturb public peace."

The Security Adviser said some anti -Dino's group are also drumming up a counter protest on same day stressed it will lead to chaos, 'I have briefed the commissioner of police and other security agencies on the need to stop any form of protest for or against in Aiyetoro-gbede. "To this end, we put security agencies and Nigerians on the alert that if there is a protest on Saturday and the peace of the public is disturbed, Senator Dino Melaye should be held responsible and accountable".

Omodara who questioned the unresponsive of Dino's security men during the attack also take a swipe on him for sponsoring a protest when the matter is being investigated by the police, " He reported the case to law enforcement agencies who are currently investigating the incident. Does the senator no more have faith in the security agencies by urging or supporting some youth to take to the street in gestapo manner and create an image of insecurity?

This is not what the state need now". "The people of the state are yarning for development which the current government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello is providing and has severally solicited from all stakeholders to join hands and give our people the divident of democracy.

"We appeal to politicians not to disturb the peace of the state as government is working hard to improve the living standards of the people. Anyone who breaches the peace of the state, no matter how highly placed, we be made to face the full wrath of the law".

Meanwhile in a swift reaction, Senator Dino Melaye said they have no any intention to stage protest adding that if there is any violent tomorrow (today) the state government should be hold responsible.

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