3 dead as Dino Melaye’s protest turned bloody in Kogi

3 dead as Dino Melaye's protest turned bloody in Kogi

Gunmen have attacked a rally of Senator Dino Melaye in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, leaving three of his supporters feared dead.

The gunmen fire gunshot sporadically for over 30 minutes at the rally.

The attack was carried out while the Senator Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, was addressing supporters opposite the Kogi State Polytechnic.

Traffic on Lokoja-Abuja highway was disrupted for almost one hour as motorists abandoned their vehicles and scampered for safety.

Traders at Lokoja main market also hurriedly abandoned their wares and escaped into nearby bushes and houses.

A student of the polytechnic simply identified as Saka Seidu and one other person were said to have been shot dead while two operatives of the Directorate of State Service (DSS) attached to Melaye received gunshot injuries in the attack.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Mr Mohammed Yisah, confirmed the death of one the student.

The senator’s Prado Jeep was riddled with bullets and was towed to the Police headquarters in Lokoja.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, who rushed to the scene, told newsmen that Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department had been directed to commence investigation in the case.

The senator recently reportedly narrowly escaped death when gunmen attacked his country home in the state.


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