The Kogi state police command has invited Senator Dino Melaye as part of an ongoing investigation into the shooting of an officer on patrol by the senator’s security, NAN is reporting.
The statement, signed by the command’s PRO DSP William Ovye Aya, the police also refuted Melaye’s claim that he was shot at by a “Combination of police, SARS and military”.
I thank God for spearing my life once again. Over 20 bullets holes on my jeep. Combination of police,SARS and military. God i thank you.
— Senator Dino Melaye (@dino_melaye) July 19, 2018
Melaye was visiting a town in the state where he commissioned some projects.
The police, in its statement said that some vehicles in the senator’s convoy had zoomed off after being flagged down by officers on patrol. The statement added that “some plain clothed armed men, occupying a white Toyota Hilux van, without registration number, without provocation fired gunshots at the officers of the Anti-Robbery /Kidnapping Patrol Team.”
Melaye claimed that the police used a heavy duty vehicle to block his convoy.
The Police statement read in full:
Today, at about 1530hours, a team of policemen from the Command was on a routine Anti – Robbery/Kidnapping patrol along Aiyetoro Gbede – Mopa Road.
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 Defence Corps, stopped to introduce themselves, other vehicles in the convoy dangerously zoomed off without regards to the safety of the officers on ground.
Surprisingly, some plain clothed armed men, occupying a white Toyota Hilux van, without registration number, 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 surgery and currently recuperating.
Expectedly, the policemen in self defence 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 Defence Corps were questioned that it was realised that the convoy was that of Senator Dino Melaye.
It is rather unfortunate that the Senator could after this dastardly act by his aides, be going around with armed men, unknown to the Command who could launch such a lethal attack on police officers in the course of their normal duty.
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, 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.
See a photo of the officer below:-