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How I spent 11 hours on top of a tree to escape abduction – Dino Melaye

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Nigerian Senator, Dino Melaye, has narrated the circumstances that surrounded his alleged abduction which took place last week thursday, when he was supposed to attend a court sitting on the possesion of illegal firearms in his town, kogi state.

The senator told reporters yesterday that he was not abducted by some gunmen, who he alleged tried to attack him, but he fleed into the bush to avoid the attack.

Melaye said that he discovered that a siena car was tailing him when he left abuja for lokoja on thursday morning, after which the car overtook thiers and started shooting at them.He said when the suspected assassins realised that his vehicle was bulletproof, they stopped his movement and attempted to set his car on fire.

“When it dawn on me that they wanted to set my vehicle ablaze, I quickly opened the car and ran into the bush. I had to run for my life. Infact, it was the grace of God that made me to escape.

When I got into the bush, I climbed a tree and stayed there. While on the tree, I saw two of the policemen coming to look for me, but they didn’t know I was on the tree. I was in the bush for 11 hours.

My yonger brother who was in one of the convoy vehicles didn’t know what happened. So, he had to raise an alarm that I was abducted. He then went and filed a kidnap report at Gwagwalada police station.

At first, they wanted to act, but when one of them made a call, they started tossing my brother up and down, and asked him to go and wait for them at the scene, that they would soon join him. .

But he waited for more than 45 minutes, they didn’t come. So, it’s not true for the police to claim that none of my family members reported the matter.” Melaye noted that the claim that he staged his alleged kidnap to avoid attending the court session in Lokoja was false.

If anything should happen to me, the Nigerian Police and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, should be held responsible.

I have survived four assassination attempts as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but the President has remained silent. Definitely, I’m going to call the attention of the international community.