PHOTOS: Suspected arsonists set ablaze Dino Melaye’s projects on inauguration day

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CONSTITUENCY projects meant for commissioning on Wednesday (today) by the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, were set ablaze by persons suspected to be arsonists. The projects include Government Girls Secondary School, Sarkin-Noma, in Lokoja; and LGEA Primary School, Lokogoma, also in Lokoja, Kogi State capital. [caption id="attachment_96408" align="alignright" width="379"]Government-Girls-Secondary-School-Sarkin-Noma-in-Lokoja Government-Girls-Secondary-School-Sarkin-Noma-in-Lokoja[/caption] While the project at Sarkin-Noma was burnt, that of LGEA had its louvers broken. Both projects were part of the projects located across the seven local governments in the state and had been slated for inauguration on Wednesday (today). Senator Dino Melaye was said to be on his way to the inauguration when the news was broken to him and he was said to have been disappointed. He was also quoted to have vowed to still go ahead with the inauguration. Our correspondent who visited the burnt school observed that the suspected hoodlums set fire on the block of classroom, totally razing one classroom to the ground. One of the students who spoke with our correspondent, Marian Suleman, an SS3 student, said that students got to school on Wednesday morning to discover that the newly built block has been set on fire overnight. [caption id="attachment_96409" align="alignright" width="416"]Government-Girls-Secondary-School-Sarkin-Noma-in-Lokoja-2 Government-Girls-Secondary-School-Sarkin-Noma-in-Lokoja-2[/caption] “We have been waiting for the inauguration scheduled for today (Wednesday), only to discover this,” Sulemam said. Recall that suspected thugs had, on Tuesday, warned Melaye against visiting Kogi State, warning that he was not welcome for any reason. The thugs, in an unsigned statement on Tuesday, had said that since Dino had no respect for “our elders, you deserve no respect.” Efforts to speak to the police public relations officer of the state command yield no result, as calls to his mobile phone have not been answered as at the time of filing this report. – Punch – Jul. 18, 2018 @ 13:15 GMT |

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