- Senator Dino Melaye said he is not afraid of going to prison
- The Kogi senator vowed to continue to criticise the government, including the president
- He noted that he has been arrested 14 times by the past administration and was not afraid of anything
Senator Dino Melaye has vowed to continue to speak out against injustice saying he is not afraid of going to prison.
The senator spoke in the wake of report that the federal government had filed charges against him for allegedly reporting that there was assassination attempt on his life.
Melaye had claimed that Edward David, chief of staff to Governor Yahaya Bello, attempted to take his life but it was reported that that the government filed charges against the senator for false information and claim.
The senator in his reaction on Tuesday, February 13, said he was not afraid of prison and would continue to criticise the government including the president.
He said: “Edward is the chief of staff to Kogi state governor and Taofeek is the caretaker chairman of Ijumu local government of Kogi state. I stated this in my statement to the Nigerian police.
“As a result of that information, they immediately moved to the residence of Alhaji Taofeek where ammunition was recovered immediately that morning. If naming suspects now become misinformation, I am wondering. The police swung into action. The tactical command of the IGP swung into action.
“Ten days after, they apprehended six out of the ten that came to kill me. Not only were they apprehended, the spokesperson of the Nigerian police paraded them in a national press conference.
“Not only were they paraded, the spokesperson of the Nigerian police informed Nigerians that all the rifles used for their missions have to be recovered by the police. Not only were the ammunition recovered, confessional statements have been made by those who were directly involved and they also invited this same Taofeek.
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“I shall continue to speak. I shall continue to ask questions. I shall continue to criticize any public office including the president of the federal republic of Nigeria.
“I have conquered fear, I am not afraid of the prison. The last administration arrested me 14 times, Abacha’s government detained me. Babangida’s government detained me. I am not afraid of the prison. It is built because of human beings, but we will not stop speaking the truth.
“In an unjust society, silence is a crime. The battle to bring Nigeria back on track from these criminals in power is a battle of no retreat no surrender and I am ready to fight the federal government on this matter and I will fight with the last drop of my blood.”
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Senator Melaye on Tuesday, February 13, vowed to fight those whom he referred to as “criminals in power”, at both levels of the government, until sanity is restored to the polity.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Senate committee chairman on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on the floor of the upper chamber cited order 14 and spoke on the publication made by Sahara Reporters, The Nation and The Sun for the misinformation by the police that a case has been instituted between the federal government and himself.
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