From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Senator Dino Melaye
The Kogi State Command of the Nigeria Police Force on Monday paraded two suspected notorious political thugs with 2 Ak 47 and 5 Pump Action guns who were allegedly working for a lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye. Melaye in his reaction to the allegations, said it was a framed up and an orchestrated attempt by the state government to discredited him.
The two suspects are Kabiru Saidu aka Osama and Nuhu Salisu Aka (small) were paraded by the Police Force Headquarters Public Relationships Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood at the Kogi State Police Command in Lokoja.
According to him, they were arrested after a gun battle with the police team which lasted for several hours on the January19.
Moshood told journalists that the two suspects upon interrogation confessed working as political thugs for Senator Dino Melaye.
According to him, ” The gang leader Kabiru Osama was introduced to Senator Dino Melaye and they met on airport road Abuja inside Dino Melaye car in December, 2017.
“The suspects further confessed that Senator Melaye told him that they should start working for the senator as his political thugs and they should recruit and train more other thugs to work for him in preparation towards 2019 general election”
Moshood alleged that the suspects confessed to the police that senator Dino Melaye handed over a bag containing one AK 47 rifle, two pump action guns and the sum of four hundred and thirty thousand naira (N430,000) to share with his boy.
He further stated that consequent upon the indictment and criminal confession of the principal suspect Kabiru Saidu, the police wrote to the Senate requesting Dino Melaye to report to the Kogi State police command to answer questions to criminal offences levelled against him, to enable the police carry out a discreet investigation into the confession of the principal suspect but the lawmaker refused to honour the police invitation.
The police also said a case of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms have been filed against the two suspects at the Federal High court Lokoja including Senator Dino Melaye.
Weapons recovered from the two suspects include Two AK 47, five Pump Action gun, and Charms.
Senator Melaye said he had never seen the suspects in his life and did not have anything to do with them.
Melaye said the move was an attempt by the Kogi state government to shut him up and prevent him from speaking the truth about governance in the state.
The senator added that he contested and won election to the House of Representatives and the senate without working with political thugs, saying the plan had been exposed about six weeks ago.
“This is an attempt to shut me up and stop me from speaking the truth but they have failed, it is an orchestrated lie by the governor and the police, which were tweeted about six weeks ago that they want to set me up because I got an Intel from government house when they met to set me up
“You can see the conflicting statements by the criminals, I heard one said I gave two AK47 and pump action, while the other said I gave only one rifle and that I gave N430,000 to train militia, and that I met them in airport road in December 2017 but they didn’t give a date and time.
” I don’t know anybody I have not involved myself with any thugs I became member house of representatives and senate without using thugs, if this is an attempt to shut me up they have failed,” he said.