Nigerian police on Monday, March 19, 2018, paraded two notorious criminals allegedly working for the senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye, to destabilise Kogi state towards the 2019 election.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Jimoh Moshood, while parading the suspects, Kabiru Saidu aka Osama and Nuhu Salish, said were arrested by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in Kogi state on January 19, 2018/at Ogojueje in Dekina local government area of the state.
He said the suspects confessed to being members of a kidnapping gang and also working as political thugs for politicians in the state.
He said during interrogation, Saidu had been working as a political thug for Mohammed, who later introduced him to Melaye, who he later met along airport road in Abuja.
Moshood said, “The suspect further confessed that sent Dino 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 to enable him to challenge his political opponents and disorganise Kogi state”.
He further alleged that the gang leader confessed that the senator gave them one AK47 rifle, two pump action guns and N430,000.
The FPRO, however, said following the indictment of Melaye and criminal confessions against him, the force had written the Senate president requesting him to release Melaye to report to the Kogi State command of the police on March 7, to enable the police to investigate the issue.
He added that the senator had since refused to honour the police invitation, while a case of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms had been filed against the two suspects at the Federal High Court Lokoja.
However, in his reaction to the allegations, Melaye said it was framed up and an orchestrated attempt by the state government to discredited him.
The senator 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 the election to the House of Representatives and the Senate without working with political thugs, saying the plan had been exposed to six weeks ago.
Melaye said, “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, in have 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 have 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 if this is an attempt to shut me up they have failed”.