SENATOR Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi-west Senatorial district has dared the Federal Government over his recent arraignment charges of misinformation.
Report had surfaced over the weekend that Melaye has been sued for falsely incriminating the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr. Edward David, in an assassination attempt on his life mid April last year.
David alongside the chairman of Ijumu local government, Taofiq Isa, were accused by the senator of masterminding the attack because of his criticism of the state government.
But reacting the senator during plenary on Tuesday at the upper legislative chamber said he was not afraid of going to prison as they were built for human beings.
Addressing his colleagues he said, “Mr. President (Saraki) if this arraignment is to weaken me, to stop me from speaking the truth, to stop me from criticising or talking about the maladministration or perfidy that is going on in Kogi State, to stop me from criticising the federal government, they have committed a capital compound mistake.
“I shall continue to speak, ask questions, criticise any public officer including the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where he has gone wrong.
“I have conquered fear and I am not afraid of the prison, the last administration arrested me fourteen times, Abacha’s government detained me, Babangida’s government detained me, I am not afraid of the prison, it is built because of human beings but we will continue to speak the truth not minding whose ox is goad.
“In an unjust society silence is a crime, the battle to bring Nigeria back in track from these criminals in power is a battle of no retreat no surrender,” he said aggressively.
The office of the Attorney General of the Federation filed the charges, marked CR/106/18 on January 31, 2018 as Melaye is to appear before the court on March 1.
The case had been assigned to Justice Olasumbo Goodluck, who sits in the Maitama Division of the FCT High Court, HEADLINE understands.