Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West has again escaped death on Monday in Lokoja when unknown gunmen attacked him during a rally in Lokoja.
Mr. Melaye was said to be rounding off his speech at the rally in front of Kogi State Polytechnic when the invaders attacked with guns and cutlasses.
Traffic on the Lokoja-Abuja highway was disrupted for almost one hour as motorists abandoned their vehicles and scampered for safety.
Traders at Lokoja main market also hurriedly abandoned their wares and escaped into nearby bushes and houses.
NAN reported that a student of the polytechnic simply identified as Saka Seidu and one other person were said to have been shot dead while two operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) attached to Mr. Melaye received gunshot injuries in the attack.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Mohammed Yisah, confirmed the death of one the student.
The senator’s Prado SUV was riddled with bullets and was towed to the Police headquarters in Lokoja.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Wilson Inalegwu, who rushed to the scene, told newsmen that the assistant commissioner of police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department had been directed to commence investigation in the case.
Mr. Inalegwu, however, said Mr. Melaye did not notify the police of his intention to hold the rally, and called on politicians to give police adequate notice before holding any rally.