Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West and three other men are facing weapons charges after the confession of two alleged thugs who claimed to be working for Melaye.
“The men were arrested on January 19 at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State after a shootout with the Police; and have confessed to being hired by Melaye to cause mayhem in the state,” Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood said.
One of the persons arrested was identified as 31-year-old Kabiru Saidu, a.k.a Osama. The other was Nuhu Salisu, who is 25 years old. The third person charged to court was identified as Muhammed Audu, son of the late former governor of Kogi, who is said to currently be at large.
The police said they seized from the thugs and their gang members two AK-47 rifles, five pump action guns, two locally made pistols and heaps of charms.
“According to the gang leader, Osama, he has been working as a political thug for one Alhaji Mohammed Audu, a politician in the state.
“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 Dino Melaye’s car in the month of December, 2017.
“The suspect further confessed that Senator Dino Melaye told him that they should start working for the Senator as his political thugs and they should recruit and train more thugs to work for him in preparation for 2019 general election to enable him (Sen. Dino Melaye ) challenge his political opponents and disorganise Kogi State,” the Police spokesperson said.