Wednesday, April 19

Why I won’t react to Melaye’s allegation – says Yayaha Bello


Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has said  he  will not react to  Senator Dino Melaye’s allegation that he planned to kill him.

The  governor,  who spoke  through his Director-General on Media and Publicity, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo,  on Tuesday,  said  Melaye’s accusation didn’t come as a surprise to him.

Bello said, “If he accused me of complacency in the so-called assassination attempt, those who have been following the trend from the day his group promised to make Kogi ungovernable will not be surprised.


“The case is under investigation by the police and making serious statements about it may be seen to be subjudice. We have been  witnessing imaginary attacks in the state and when I travelled to Kogi East, his antagonists also alleged that  I was attacked even when the opposite was the case.

“As a government, we believe the police are  capable of getting to the root of the allegation and do justice to it once and for all.”

The governor added, “You  need to ask  Melaye if he reported the incident to the governor who is the Chief Security Officer of the state. If you didn’t tell him anything, he too will have nothing to say.

“The reports of the security agencies will surely untie the riddles surrounding the allegations.

“Security should never be politicised in our state.

“We are waiting for the report of the investigation after which we will be properly guided to make informed comments.”

Meanwhile, Melaye has expressed  shock over the  attempt on his life late on April 14 in his residence in Aiyetoro-Gbede, Kogi West Senatorial District.

He promised not  to relent in his fight against corruption, maladministration, impunity and nepotism.

The lawmaker, “No amount of threat, blackmail, name-callng  and/or harassment will stop me from being the voice of the voiceless and the mouthpiece of the common man.”

He  said four  days after the attempt on his life the governor neither called nor visited him  to know the state of affairs with him.

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