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Assassination attempt: Kogi govt warns Dino against protests, lawlessness

The Kogi State government has called on security agencies to hold Senator Dino Melaye accountable for any breach of peace over a ‘pro-Dino’ protest slated to hold in the state tomorrow (Saturday) over the recent alleged assassination attempt on the lawmaker in his country home.

The government said the call became necessary in view of the fact that such protests could be hijacked by hoodlums to orchestrate mayhem, political hostilities and chaos in the state.

The state’s Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd), at a news conference in Lokoja on Friday has therefore urged Senator Melaye to prevail on his supporters from carrying out the proposed protests in the interest of peace.

“It has become imperative to address the nagging political hostilities from certain quarters which are fast snowballing into a serious challenge in our state.

“You are all aware of the allegation raised by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District that there was an attempt on his life and how the whole incident was almost politicised.

“The state government welcomes the process of investigation by the Nigerian Police which is ongoing to unravel the mystery behind the allegation and ensure the security of all the citizens of the state.

“However, intelligence report at my disposal indicates plans by some supporters of Sen. Dino Melaye to stage a protest at Aiyetoro-Gbedde in support of the senator on Saturday.

“I am equally aware that some hoodlums and thugs are being recruited within and outside the state to join in the protest.

“As much as we do not want the rights of the protesters inhibited, the implications of such a protest in the middle of investigations into the Senator’s allegations may be grave as some hoodlums may hijack the process to foment trouble and disturb public peace,” Omodara said.

According him, intelligent reports also showed that some other groups were also planning Anti-Dino protests on the same day, adding that he had briefed the state commissioner of police on the need to stop all forms of protests to avoid possible clashes.

“To this end, we put security agencies and Nigerians on the alert that if there is a protest on Saturday and the peace of the public is disturbed, Senator Dino Melaye should be held responsible and accountable”, he said.

Omodara urged politicians to avoid overheating the polity and give peace a chance for progress and development of the state (Credits | DT).

 

PRESS BRIEFING BY LT-COMMANDER JERRY OMODARA (RTD) THE STATE SECURITY ADVISER ON A PLANNED PROTEST AT AIYETORO ON SATURDAY 22 APRIL 2017

 

Gentlemen of the Press

 

It has become imperative to address you today on the nagging political hostilities from certain quarters in the state which is fast snowballing into a security challenge in our dear state.

You are all aware of the allegation raised by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District that there was an attempt on his life and how the whole incident was almost politicised. The administration of Alh. Yahaya Bello will work hard to guarantee the security of all Kogites regardless of their political affinity and beliefs.

 

The State Government welcomes the process of investigation by the Nigeria Police which is ongoing to unravel the mystery behind the allegation and ensure the security of all citizens of the State.

 

However, intelligent report at my disposal indicates plans by some supporters of Sen. Dino Melaye to stage a protest at Ayetoro-Gbedde in support of the Senator on Saturday 22 April, 2017. I am equally aware that some hoodlums and thugs are being recruited within and outside the State to join in the protest. As much as we do not want the rights of the protesters inhibited, the implications of such a protest in the middle of investigations into the Senator’s allegations may be grave as some hoodlums may hijack the process to foment trouble and disturb public peace.

We are also aware that some anti-Dino groups are also drumming up a counter protest on the same day. Any protest on that day is a clear call to chaos. I have briefed the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies on the need to stop any form of protest for or against in Aiyetoro-Gbedde on 22 April 2017.

 

To this end, we put security agencies and Nigerians on the alert that if there is a protest on Saturday and the peace of the public is disturbed, Senator Dino Melaye should be held responsible and accountable.

 

He went home with scores of security agents as he had never done, during the Easter. But he still claimed to be attacked with no response from his security men. He reported the case to law enforcement agencies who are currently investigating the incident. Does the Senator no more have faith in the security agencies by urging or supporting some youth to take to the street in a gestapo manner and create an image of insecurity? This is not what the State need now. The people of the Kogi State are yearning for development which the current government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello is providing and has severally solicited support from all stakeholders to join hands and give our people the dividend of democracy.

 

We appeal to politicians not to disturb the peace of the State as government is working hard to improve the living standards of the people. Anyone who breaches the peace of the state, no matter how highly placed, will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Thanks and God bless you.

 

Signed

 

Lt-Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd)

State Security Adviser

 

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