– Suspected gunmen shot sporadically where the senator was addressing his supporters
– Four people were feared dead from the attack
4 people, including a student of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Saka Saidu, were on Monday confirmed dead in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, following clashes between supporters of Senator Dino Malaye (APC-Kogi West) and loyalists of the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
It was reported that Melaye had stopped in front of the institution to address his supporters due to the current political crises surrounding his senatorship.
The incident which occurred at the end of a rally organised by the lawmaker against his planned recall from the National Assembly, turned violent when some unknown gunmen infiltrated the venue, shooting indiscriminately.
Melaye, who had boasted that no one can recall him from the National Assembly, called on the state government to pay civil servants their salaries and to reopen tertiary institutions in the state.
Pandemonium, however, set in at the rally which took place close to the main gate of the Kogi State Polytechnic, when suspected political thugs opened fire on Melaye as he alighted from the roof of his SUV.
Melaye, in a series of tweets accused the state governor, Yahaya Bello of sponsoring his recall plans. The tweets read: “Yahaya Bello: on recall of Dino Melaye, he is shooting the moon and boxing the air. “Spending over one billion naira tax payers money on an unproductive venture when salaries and pensions have not been paid is wicked. “I will continue to defend the poor and defenseless masses of kogi state.”
According to report, the gunmen emerged from the NATACO end of the road and started firing which resulted in the death of about 3 persons. The attack lasted for 30 minutes resulting in serious traffic along Lokoja-Abuja highway. In a series of tweets, Melaye also confirmed the attack saying his vehicle was shot at.