Two members of an armed gang terrorizing Kogi State who were paraded by the Nigeria Police on Monday in Lokoja, have confessed of how they were equipped by Senator Dino Melaye.
While speaking with news reporters in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital on Monday, the Nigerian Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood, disclosed that the Police have charged Senator Dino Melaye and three others with criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms before a Federal High Court in Lokoja.The assistant commissioner of police said that the case was filed on March 16, following the confession of a “wanted criminal” that the senator gave him arms and cash.
He added that the senator failed to cooperate with the police investigators having failed to report for questioning even after the Police wrote to Senate President, Bukola Saraki seeking the release of the senator to answer to the allegations.
The suspects, Kabiru Saidu, a.k.a Osama (31), Nuhu Salisu (25 ) aka small, and Alhaji Muhammed Audu, a politician, who is now at large, are charged along with Melaye, who is representing Kogi West at the National Assembly.
The Police said Kabiru and Salisu were arrested on January 19 at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, after a shootout and they confessed to being hired by Melaye to cause mayhem in the state.The police said they seized from the thugs and their gang members,two AK47 rifles, five pump action guns, two locally made pistols and heaps of charms.
The criminals not only confessed to have been involved in several kidnappings in the state and environs, they also claimed to be hired thugs for politicians.
“According to the gang leader, Osama, he had been working as a political thug for Alhaji Mohammed Audu. He said Alhaji Mohammed Audu invited him to Abuja and introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye and they met on Airport road, Abuja inside Senator Melaye’s car in the month of December, 2017.
“The suspect further confessed that Sen. Dino Melaye told him that they should start working for him as his political thugs and they should recruit and train other thugs to work for him in preparation for the 2019 general elections to enable him (Sen. Dino Melaye) challenge his political opponents and disorganise Kogi State.”
The police said Osama also confessed that Melaye handed over a bag containing one AK47 rifle, two Pump Action guns and the N430,000.00 to share with his boys.
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