Following an assassination attempt on Senator Dion Melaye, the Nigerian Police Force, Abuja command, has paraded six people arrested over attack.
AIT News learnt that among the suspects arrested and paraded by the authorities, is the chairman of Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Taofiq Isah.
According to a report by Punch, Isah’s police orderly, Sgt. James Ede was also paraded in connection with the assassination attempt which occurred on April 15.
The names of all six suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in the attack on Melaye are: Taofiq Isah, 54, James Ede, 36, Ade Obage, 29, Abdullahi Isah, 32 , Ahmed Ajayi, 45, and Michael Bamidele, 26.
Police PRO, Jimoh Moshood, who spoke to the press said one ambulance Hyundai bus, five AK 47 rifles, one Berreta pistol, two locally made single barrel short gun, 25 expended shells of 7.62 mm ammunition, 13 expended shells of 9mm ammunition and 12 expended shells gauge cartridge were recovered from the suspects.
Moshood said: “The firearms had been sent for ballistic expert examination, test and analysis at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in Lagos.”
Moshood said Obage informed the police about the alleged plot to kill the senator after it had been executed, adding that investigation was ongoing to determine his level of involvement in the incident.
He said: “Obage voluntarily informed the police that he has the knowledge and information about the attempted assassination of Senator Dino Melaye after the attack was carried out.
“He further informed the investigators that he was contacted to join the gang by Abdullahi Eko, a principal suspect now in custody.”
Moshood also said that Eko admitted to the criminal roles he played along with the other suspects in carrying out the attack, adding that he also mentioned other members of the gang who are still at large.
He stated that Eko narrated to the investigators that they used the ambulance and five AK 47 rifles for the operation.