THE EXECUTIVE Secretary, Anti-corruption Network and former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dino Melaye, Monday night, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, said he escaped assassination attempt as unidentified men in a black Golf car shot at his car. Melaye, it was gathered, was coming from the National Hospital, Central Area, Abuja about 9:30 p.m. when suddenly the Golf car which had overtaken him, parked ahead of him and started shooting sporadically.
The sound of the sporadic gun shots, it was gathered, made him to
increase the speed of his car as he immediately drove to the nearby
Police check point for safety and also to report the incident with the
windscreen of his Bentley car badly shattered.
In an interview over the alleged attempt on his life, Melaye who
expressed indignation over the alleged cold response by the Police at
the check point towards his complaint to them, said it was the FCT
Director of the Department of state security and an Assistant
Commissioner of Police that came to his rescue.
He said that there were threats to his life before the incident and
that he had reported the threat to the Inspector General of Police and
had sought for police protection; though his letter was acknowledged,
nothing had been done.
Giving account of what happened the Monday night, he sai: “Basically,
I was coming from the National Hospital and I noticed shortly after the
bridge before the ICPC, a certain black Golf car which got close and
overtook me in a very dangerous manner.
“I had to stop for the car to drive far ahead before I continued.
Shortly after ChurchGate Building I noticed the same car from afar
parked by the end of the road with all the four doors opened and there
was light inside but no one was inside.
“I was approaching a bend that will take you to the twin towers of
the NNPC. At that point I just heard sporadic shooting, maybe to the air
or whatever. I accelerated my drive. As I was approaching the last bend
I just heard gun shot at my car.
“At that point, I ran to the next police checkpoint. I told them to
make a radio call that I had just escaped an assassination attempt and
that the assailants were in a Golf car and that they should block all
“Unfortunately, the police said where the incident happened was not
their beat. I said you are a federal police, okay, make a radio call
that this is the complaint so that the police around there can cordon
that area off, but they did not.”