Six suspects have been arrested in connection with an assassination attempt on Senator Dino Melaye in his home in Kogi State on April 15.

The spokesman for the police, CSP Jimoh Moshood, told reporters in Abuja on Saturday that the arrested suspects included a Kogi Local Government sole administrator and his orderly.

The police also recovered different arms.

Items recovered included one Hyundai Ambulance bus allegedly used in conveying the attackers, five AK 47 rifles, One Beretta pistol and two locally made single barrel shot guns.

Others are 25 expended shells of 7.62 mm ammunition, 13 expended shells of 9mm ammunition and 12 expended shells of gauge cartridge.

Moshood said that the firearms had been sent for ballistic expert examination, test and analysis at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in Lagos.

After the attack on Melaye, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, deployed Police Special Tactical Squad (STS) team to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The attack came weeks after Senator Melaye in a video said he was not afraid of death. “If you speak the truth you will die. If you lie, you will still die,” he said, giving indication that he will stand by the truth.  

According to the police spokesman, the suspects used the telephone of the Sole Administrator’s orderly in planning the failed assassination on Melaye.

Moshood said one of the suspects had confessed to the crime and admitted to have been sent by the sole administrator.

“He was arrested with a serious criminal link to other active members of the gang,’’ said the Force spokesman.

He said efforts were on to arrest other suspects at large.

The suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.