Sen Dino Malaye Escapes Assassination Attempt

Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi West escaped being assassinated on Saturday, following the attack of his residence in Aiyetoro Gbede, Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State by unknown gunmen.

The senator who came home for Easter celebration told the Deputy Commissioner of Police and Area Commander Kabba how the gunmen had arrived at about 12 pm shooting sporadically into his compound.

He stated that the assailants shot about 100 bullets into his building, which riddled some of his exotic cars, including the Caravan.

“Two of my vehicles (a security car and a caravan) were destroyed in the process,” he said.


The senator, however alleged that the Chairman of his local government, Taofiq Isa, of the plan to kill him because he had always criticized the state government led by Governor Yahaya Bello.

He told the police that his presence at home had threatened the local government chairman and some state government officials who are afraid of hearing the truth.

“This attempt to kill me will not stop me from speaking the truth because 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,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Chairman, Isa had exonerated himself from such allegation, saying he did not know anything about the plan to assassinate the senator.

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The chairman said that his wife was sick and had been busy in hospital to ensure that his wife gets better.

“My running battle with Dino, if any, is because I have asked him to stop vilifying the state governor, Yahaya Bello.”

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