The Police said they have filed a case in a Lokoja court accusing Dino Melaye, a senator representing Kogi West, and three other persons of illegal possession of firearms. Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood, announced the move today in a statement.
The police took the action, following the confession of two ‘dreaded’ thugs who claimed they were working for Melaye. The men were arrested on 19 January at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, after a shootout with the police. They reportedly confessed to working for Melaye, who they claim asked them to cause mayhem in the state.
One of the persons arrested was identified as 31-year-old Kabiru Saidu, a.k.a Osama. Others are: Nuhu Salisu, 25 and Muhammed Audu, a politician, who is now said to be at large.
The police said they seized from the thugs and their gang members , two AK47 rifles, five pump action guns, two locally made pistols and heaps of charms. They also said 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.
Osama said he had been working as a political thug for Audu. He himself and Audu had met Melaye in his car on Airport Road in Abuja in December, 2017. He claimed the senator had given him a bag containing an AK-47 rifle, two pump action guns and N430,000 cash.
He also said Melaye had instructed him to build a team to work for him towards the 2019 general elections.
The police said Melaye had refused to honour invitations even after a letter was written to Bukola Saraki, Senate President, dated March 2, 2018, asking for his release. It said it has filed a case of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms at the Federal High Court, Lokoja on March 16, 2018.
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