Kogi senator Dino Melaye is crying foul over a suit filed against him by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for misleading the police over an alleged assassination attempt on his life in April 2017. Melaye is also alleged to have falsely accused Edward Onoja, the chief of staff to Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, of the assassination attempt.
At Tuesday’s plenary, Melaye lambasted the FG for suing him. As with all other senators arraigned by the government, Melaye claimed that he is being victimised for being critical of the incumbent administration.
According to Melaye who raised a point of order at the senate:
- The suit is an attempt to persecute him, but he won’t be cowed into silence and is ready to pay the “supreme prize” for Nigeria’s democracy.
“If this arraignment in Kogi State is to stop me from criticising the federal government, they have committed a capital compound mistake. I shall continue to speak. I shall continue to ask questions. I shall continue to criticise any public officer, including the President of Nigeria where he has gone wrong,” Melaye said.
“I have conquered fear and I am not afraid of the prison. The last administration arrested me 14 times. The Abacha and Babangida’s governments detained me. I am not afraid of the prison. It is built because of human beings. But we will continue to speak the truth, not minding whose ox is gored,” he said.
“The battle to bring Nigeria back on track from these criminals in power is a battle of no retreat no surrender. I am ready to face the Federal Government on this matter. I will fight it with the last drop of my blood. No retreat, no surrender,” he added.
Saraki supports Melaye:
The fact that Melaye may have wrongly accused another human being of such a weighty allegation did not bother the senate president Bukola Saraki, who without any investigation concluded that Melaye’s arraignment is wrong.
“I do not see how the issue of arraignment can be a way forward in a matter like this. But be that as it may, I want us all to continue to defend democracy and fight for what is right and I can assure you that this institution will continue to stand for what is right.
“Those who think that they are helping the government, but sometimes they are doing things that are not in the interest of this democracy. I think they need to do what is right for the interest of all of us. But for sure, what is wrong is wrong. I think those who are looking at this will have a review and do what is right,” Saraki said.