The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has said that contrary to reports that he was abducted on Thursday, it was an attack by gunmen who wanted to kill him.
Melaye who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, said having escaped the alleged assassination attempt around Gwagwalada along the Abuja-Lokoja Road on his way to attend a court case in Lokoja, the state capital, he ran into the bush and hid on a tree for 11 hours.
He explained that he left Abuja in the early morning of Thursday for Lokoja and observed that a Toyota Sienna car was trailing him, adding that the said car overtook his vehicle, blocked his way and the occupants started to shoot at his vehicle.
“When I realised that they wanted to burn my vehicle, I quickly opened the car and ran into the bush. I had to run for my life. 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 brother that was in one of the vehicles didn’t know what happened, so he had to raise the alarm that I was kidnapped. He went to the Gwagwalada police station and reported the matter,” he added.