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Women stage Protest in Kogi State over reported Attack on Dino Melaye

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Hundreds of women on Saturday protested in Aiyetoro-Gbede, Ijumu Local Government of Kogi State, over the reported attempt to kill Sen. Dino Melaye, on April 15. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 10 gunmen stormed the senator’s house at Aiyetoro-Gbede, in the early hours of the said date, and opened fire from various directions. NAN reports that the entire house was riddled with bullets, while two vehicles parked in the estate were damaged by the hoodlums. Melaye, who was at home for the Easter holidays, however escaped unhurt.

The women, who were armed with placards and leaves, marched through the street leading to the senator’s home, before assembling at a nearby spot where their leaders delivered speeches. The protesters, from the seven local government areas that make up Mr. Melaye’s Kogi West Senatorial District, carried placards some of which read “Touch Dino and face our wrath”, “Don’t kill Dino Melaye” and “Don’t kill the light, let it shine”. Ikusemoro Jalo, one of the speakers, said the solidarity protest was to affirm their support for the senator and condemn the recent attempt on his life. She said:

We are mothers; we don’t want him to be murdered. He is representing us the way we want. We are proud of him because he has made us proud.

She advised the senator not to be cowed by the recent attempt on his life, urging him to continue to fight for the rights of women, workers, pensioners, the oppressed and the repressed. Another speaker, Titi Kayode, said assassination had never been part of politics in Okunland, and described those behind the said attempt on the senator’s life as “enemies of peace and progress”. She called for a quick release of the report of the ongoing investigation into the incident, so that its perpetrators could be brought to justice.

Responding, Mr. Melaye expressed gratitude to the women for their support and prayers, saying he “narrowly escaped death” on the day of the incident.

He cautioned politicians against politics of hatred and bitterness that was gradually gaining ground in Kogi “especially in the past two years”. While noting that political rivalry was normal, he said it should not be allowed to degenerate to assassination and violent attacks. The senator promised to sustain his fight against injustice and delays in the payment of salaries, and declared that attacks and intimidation would not deter him. He said:

God will not forgive me if I keep quiet while my people suffer

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13 Comments

  1. Deb

    April 23, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Shameless women. Dino has been unable to keep any woman and he is being campaigned for by some shortsighted ones

    • MrsO

      April 23, 2017 at 3:24 am

      Very shameless women indeed for supporting a well-known wife beater.

    • john

      April 23, 2017 at 6:47 am

      1)did he beat you or are you his Mrs
      2) do u have proof of any beating on any woman , if u dont pls shut it..if he sues u now , u start wailing and crying for help

    • Le coco

      April 23, 2017 at 9:24 am

      john pls shut up.. the proof is in the court case, and all the evidence… all the pictures that his first wife released, all the medical records… John ur attention seeking is too much

  2. temi

    April 23, 2017 at 2:04 am

    All this for a box of indomie noddles and 500 naira recharge card? Lmao.

    • funmilola

      April 23, 2017 at 6:55 am

      You forgot ankara wrapper too

  3. john

    April 23, 2017 at 6:47 am

    1)did he beat you or are you his Mrs
    2) do u have proof of any beating on any woman , if u dont pls shut it..if he sues u now , u start wailing and crying for help

  4. CHIKA

    April 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

    those women were paid to stage the protest.shikena….

  5. Icrossmyheart

    April 23, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Nigerian politics is the most juvenile and boring thing I have ever come across. It is like watching Tom and Jerry without the intelligent humour.

    Graduating with a Third Class is nothing to me because I dont feel grades are a reflection of one’s intellect. However, I dont feel that this man or many of the serving Senators are worthy to make laws. If you have a questionable past and you have not found peace with it, how can you make laws to enable people to make peace with theirs?

    Why do Africans find it so difficult to demand better for themselves? Why are we so taken by Foreign wealth in the form of cars, wAtch, and co? And yet complain that the very same Westerners we are obsessed with do not respect us or regard us as equals?

    It just boggles my mind.

    Here is a man who has lied and abused the system, but who has been elected to maintain said system. Nigeria:………the less I think about this country, the lighter I feel.

    And now women who are the most disadvantaged, especially in Kogi, are now campaigning for a man who clearly does not have an iota of respect for them. Because of what? N200 and a 2kg bag of rice. ARE WE BLIND? WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?

    ARE WE SHORTSIGHTED? WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE PROBLEM?

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      April 23, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Poverty. We’re a largely poverty stricken country and that’s the greatest problem of all.

      And the intense hunger being suffered by that majority won’t allow them see the difference between what is inherently right and what is detrimental to society.

  6. showbaby

    April 23, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Dino melaye is a big lier.

  7. Opeyemi

    April 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Where are the pictures to show there was really a protest. Smh..all propaganda.

  8. survivor

    April 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Ewww! Iya ma je awon eleyi o,,when that rccg woman n that igbo woman were hacked to death in Abuja n Kano respectively, no living soul protested o . its well with this country Nd itself occupants!!

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