Senator Dino Melaye has described the allegations by the police that he hired two political thugs and armed them to cause mayhem in Kogi State as preposterous and laughable.
The police in Lokoja today said they have charged the senator with illegal possession of firearms in a case filed in a Lokoja court on 16 March.
The Senator was charged along with a politician, Muhammed Audu , said to be on the run and two other ‘deadly’ persons linked with a spate of kidnapping and robbery
The two suspects were identified as a 31 year-old Kabiru Saidu, a.k.a Osama. T and Nuhu Salisu, who is 25 years-old were arrested in January.
Police claimed they had confessed that they were also working as thugs for Senator Melaye.
however, the embattled Senator tweeted today debunking the connection claim by the suspects.
“Fabricated lies by Kogi State Govt and the police will fail. It’s utterly laughable and preposterous. It’s a sign of desperation”,
“No amount of lies and blackmail will detract my attention from speaking the truth and defending it”, he said.
Melaye also claimed that the withdrawal of police from VIPs, announced by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was targeted at him.
“I am the target. IG wants to expose me so I can be killed. Having survived assassination attempt twice, I deserve police protection in a country where I’m a tax payer”, he wrote.
At a press conference in Lokoja today, the police spokesman Jimoh Moshood, said the police seized from the thugs and their gang members, two AK47 rifles, five pump action guns, two locally made pistols and heaps of charms.
According to the police, the men not only confessed to have been involved in several kidnappings in the state and environs, they also claimed to be hired thugs for politicians.