The Kogi State Police Command has invited Senator Dino Melaye for interrogation on the grounds that his trigger-happy security aides wounded its officer.
Melaye’s invitation is coming on the heels of an allegation by the senator
representing Kogi west district on Thursday that unknown gunmen in uniform (police,SARS and military) fired gun shots at his convoy claiming an attempt was made on his life via a tweet.
“I thank God for spearing(sic) my life once again. Over 20 bullets holes on my jeep. Combination of police, SARS and military. God i thank you,” he tweeted.
But Kogi State Police Command in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, DSP William Ovye Aya, dispelled the Senator’s claim. Instead, the police said Melaye and his security aides were the attacker and injured a police officer.
The statement reads in part: “On Thursday at about 1530hours, a team of policemen from the Command was on a routine Anti – Robbery/Kidnapping patrol along Aiyetoro Gbede – Mopa Road and during the patrol, and as it is often the practice, the team pinned down at a point at Iyah Gbede Junction, where they were observing the highway and occasionally conducting Stop and Search.
“It was in this process a long convoy of vehicles coming from Mopa towards Aiyetoro Gbede approached the Point.
“Officers of the Command at the Point flagged down the convoy. While the lead vehicle, a Toyota Hilux van, which was later discovered to be conveying officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, stopped to introduce themselves, other vehicles in the convoy dangerously zoomed off without regards for the safety of the officers on ground.
“Surprisingly, some plain clothed armed men, occupying a white Toyota Hilux van, without registration numbers, without provocation fired gunshots at the officers of the Anti-Robbery /Kidnapping Patrol Team.
“One of the officers, a Sergeant, was hit by bullet on the right part of his chest as a result of which he sustained grievous injury.
“The Officer is currently lying critically ill in the hospital where he has undergone a live threatening and currently recuperating.
“Expectedly, the policemen in self-defense responded by firing back to repel the unexpected attack. Vehicles in the convoy nevertheless, drove away from the scene. It was not until the officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps were questioned that it was realized that the convoy was that of Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye.
“It is more saddening that the Senator could turn around to issue misleading statements to cover up the heinous crime committed by his hired aides.
“While, the command has instituted a high-powered investigation panel into the incident Distinguished Senator Melaye is hereby advised to report with people in his convoy to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Lokoja to assist in the investigation.”