Controversial Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West was saved from being injured by security officials on Saturday during the Kaaba Day celebration when suspected political thugs pelted him with stones and other dangerous objects.
The senator was pelted with stones and other dangerous objects at the township stadium, venue of the celebration after announcing a paltry N3m donation.
Governor Yahaya Bello, according to Sahara Reporters, got the news of the attack on the senator and made a U-Turn before he reached the venue.
Senator Melaye, who arrived the venue at about 11 ‘o’clock in the morning, was welcomed by a crowd as he posed for photographs with supporters.
He was then invited to make a speech and announce his donation before the arrival of the governor who was already in Kabba for the occasion.
Shortly after Melaye announced a donation of N3m cash, he headed for his car, but some suspected thugs started throwing stones and other objects at him as he made for his G-Wagon.
The security men had to use tear gas to bring the situation under control.
Meanwhile, all the security apparatus of the governor, led by his ADC and the Chief Details, were at the venue ahead of Governor Yahaya Bello who was expected to grace the occasion.
When news of the attack on Melaye reached the governor, he decided to boycott the event and, instead, sent his donation of N20m on behalf of the state government.
The swift intervention of security personnel on ground saved the day, as one of the thugs was arrested and whisked away in a prison van with registration number PS 300 A/O.