The police have paraded the Administrator of Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State , Taofiq Isah, his police orderly , Sgt. James Ede and four others in connection with the reported assassination attempt on Senator Dino Melaye at his country home in Ayetoro Gbede, Kogi State .
The suspects were alleged to have fired gunshots at the house on April 15, 2017 in an attempt to kill the senator .
The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood , who paraded the suspects at the Force headquarters , Abuja on Saturday, gave their names as , Isah, 54, Ede , 36, Ade Obage , 29, Abdullahi Isah , 32 , Ahmed Ajayi , 45, and Michael Bamidele , 26.
He explained that 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.
“ The firearms had been sent for ballistic expert examination, test and analysis at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in Lagos , ” Moshood disclosed.
The spokesman fingered the Ijumu council boss as the mastermind of the attack on Melaye, adding that he allegedly directed one Abdulmumuni, his personal assistant to recruit the gang members that carried out the attack .
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 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 .