By Ibrahim Obansa, Lokoja Lokoja.
Embattled Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial district of Kogi state Saturday said the allegation against him by the Kogi state police command were false and baseless, alleging that the Police were rather out to assassinate him.
He was reacting to the police allegation that the police who were on stop and search operations in Mopa were shot at severally by the security details on the entourage of the senator.
Melaye who is the Senate Committee chairman on Federal Capital Territory however in a press statement issued by his media assistant, Gideon Ayodele. explained that on that faithful day, on his way from Isanlu, some armed Policemen allegedly stop his car next to the vehicle of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCD) leading his convoy.
He added that , “The Police stopped the vehicle of the Civil defence Corps, arrested them and suddenly opened fire on my vehicle including my backup vehicle.
“We all have to run for our dear lives as they continue to shoot at my Jeep and apart from the officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp there was no other security men on my convoy.
According to him “All these were happening in spite of my earlier letter to the Kogi State Police Command informing them of my plan to tour my constituency and commission my projects across the seven local government councils. My lawyer also wrote them and they acknowledged the letters.
He said that “The Kogi State Police Commissioner, CP Ali Janga was economical with the truth when he alleged that someone fired a shot at the Police. No body from my convoy exchanged gun battle with the police.
“Police alleged that it was the last vehicle in my convoy that contained security men shot the police. This is a big lie. If it is so why was nobody arrested in that vehicle”
” The vehicle they alleged was never shot and why was it that it was my car that was next to civil defence vehicle that was attacked, ” he added.