The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has paraded the Chairman Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Taofiq Isah and five others over alleged assassination attempt of Senator Dino Melaye.
The Police spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, while parading the suspects on Saturday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, said weapons and an ambulance used as an operation vehicle were recovered from the suspects.
He said following the attack by unknown gunmen on Senator Dino Melaye at his residence at Iyala, Ijumu LGA in Kogi State on 15th April, 2017 at about 12:30 am, the IGP ordered the Police Special Tactical Squad (STS) to investigate the matter.
He said after ten days of investigation between 16/04/2017 and 25/04/2017 the Police arrested six members of the assassination gang responsible for the attack.
He said the principal suspect is Taofiq Isah who allegedly master minded the execution attempted; Isah was alleged to have directed one Abdulmumini a.k.a Iron, now at large, said to be his personal assistant, to recruit other members of the assassination gang.
The other five arrested suspects include; Ade Obage, Abdullahi a.k.a Eko, Ahmed Ajayi, Michael Bamidele and Ex-Police Sgt Ede James.
Moshood explained that another suspect still at large, Abdullahi a.k.a Iron, was instructed to recruit the arrested suspects with four others; Osama, Lukman, China and Adamu Aloha all at large to assassinate Melaye.
However, while fielding questions from Journalists Ijumu local government Chairman Taofiq Isah denied the allegation as a step up and a charade.
He admitted political disagreement with Melaye, but said he was not connected to the assassination attempt on Dino Melaye.
The police said exhibits recovered from the suspects include; one Ambulance Hyundai Bus, 5 AK 47 rifles, one Berreta pistol, 2 locally made single barrel shot gun, 25 expended shells of 7.62 mm ammunition and 12 expended shells guage cartridge.
Moshood said the firearms have been sent for Ballistic expert examination, test and analysis at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department Lagos.