Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has reacted to the arrest of the administrator of Ijumu local government area, Hon. Taofiq Isah in the reported assassination attempt on Senator Dino Melaye.
Isah was arrested alongside six others and paraded last week by the police in Abuja.
In a Statement by his Media Director, Kingsley Fanwo, said “We have seen the reports in the media of the parading in Abuja of suspects in the alleged assassination attempt on Senator Dino Melaye by the Nigerian Police Force.
“One of the paraded suspects, Alhaji Taofiq Isah, is the serving Administrator of Ijumu Local Government of Kogi State.
“The Kogi State Government has been aware of the arrest and detention of the Ijumu Local Government Administrator and others in connection with the case for about six days now.
“However, we are taken aback by the accompanying statement of the Police during the parade which appear to indicate that there is now evidence to show that there was a real assassination attempt on Senator Dino Melaye, and that Alhaji Isah is somehow complicit in it.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Kogi State Government under Governor Yahaya Bello has bound itself to zero tolerance for corruption, violent politics and all forms of criminality”.
The statement said the State government has spent a huge chunk of its resources and nearly all its time since assuming office fighting crimes and criminals to a standstill.
“The public can therefore rest in the assurance that there will be no hiding place within the Administration, or in Kogi State for that matter, for anyone who, for any reason whatsoever, resorts to the old and discredited ways of crime and violence in politics which we inherited and have since dismantled.
“We shall wait for next actions by the Police in this matter and will be watching to make sure the Police adheres strictly to the rule of law at all stages.
“We shall ensure that the embattled Administrator is afforded every facility to prove his innocence of these serious allegations and return home to his family and his duties”.