Unknown gunmen reportedly attacked Senator Dino Melaye early Saturday morning at his residence in Ayetoro-Gbede, Ijumu local government area of the state.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the assailants invaded the house few minutes past midnight and shot sporadically into the building.
Dino, speaking to newsmen on Saturday, said that two of the vehicles parked within the premises, a security van and caravan bus were damaged and part of the building was also destroyed.
Melaye said the gunmen shot for more than one hour with little breaks in between.
The Kogi West Senatorial representative accused the Chairman of the Local Government Taofiq Isa as the person behind the attack.
“I got a rousy welcome from Kabba to my home town yesterday (Friday) and I know it angered the power that be in the state which mobilised for this assassination attempt on my life.
At about midnight we started hearing gunshot. They fired more than 200 rounds of bullet into the house. This attempt to kill me will not stop me from speaking the truth.
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. I only respect men I don’t fear them.
This attempt is being championed by the chairman of my local government. He had said it many times that he will do everything to stop me from coming home. Beside, those assailants when leaving were chanting ‘We will know if it’s Taofiq that owns the land or you.’
I am championing an administrative course. I will continue to speak and be voice to the voiceless. I’m not deterred, I remain resolute to make Kogi better. Nothing will stop me from coming home.
The DPO did not come to my house until three hours later. Even the area command in Kabba was not notified until I called the CP. I suspect a satanic collabo between Taofiq and the police in Aiyetoro because the duo had a meeting two days ago.
Only God will protect us in this country but definitely not the police,” Melaye said.
Isa has however responded to the allegations saying: “I’ve never been a violent man. My running battle with Dino if any is because I have asked him to stop vilifying the state governor, Yahaya Bello. Let him (Dino) prove it. I lost my uncle a week ago, I’m still attending to my sick wife and busy supervising the APC re- registration programs. I’m a democrat and law abiding. I challenge Dino to prove his case.”
Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, confirmed the report, saying that investigations are ongoing.