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I climbed tree to escape kidnappers’ lynching, Melaye narrates ordeal

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Dino Melaye has explained how he escaped an alleged assassination attempt by suspected policemen around Gwagwalada, FCT, Abuja on his way to attend a court case in Lokoja last Thursday.

Mr Melaye (PDP, Kogi) told reporters in Abuja yesterday that he had to run into the bush for his dear life and climbed a tree on which he spent hours.

He said he left Abuja early in the morning on Thursday for Lokoja but realized that a Siena car was trailing him only for the occupants to overtake, block and started shooting at his vehicle.

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Mr Melaye, who joined the PDP last Tuesday, said when the suspected assassins realized that his vehicle was bulletproof, they halted his movement and attempted to burn it.

“When I realized 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 an alarm that I was kidnapped.

“He went to the Gwagwalada police station and reported the matter. At first, they wanted to act but when one of them made a call, they started turning to my brother,” he said.

“They then asked him to go and wait for them at the scene, that they would join him. He waited for more than 45 minutes but they didn’t come.

“So, it’s not true for the police to say that none of my family members reported the matter,” Melaye said.

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