On Thursday, there were reports that Mr. Melaye to have acquired a 93-year-old Rolls Royce estimated at N180 million.
Mr. Melaye, a first-time senator who represents Kogi West, owns a fleet of luxury and antiquated cars worth billions of naira.
He has at least 28 of the expensive cars parked at his upmarket residence in Maitama Abuja, according to news website, Sahara Reporters.
“I’ve never seen that collection of exotic cars in any single person’s home before,” a journalist who was among several others Mr. Melaye took round his home said.
But when approached in his office in the Senate late Thursday, the lawmaker said the purchase was private to him. He attacked PREMIUM TIMES for its first report on the development Thursday morning.
The report sparked wide condemnation of the Senator.
“Did you talk to me before you did your earlier report?” a visibly infuriated Mr. Melaye queried. “The way you got the other news go, and get another one.”
“I am entitled to my privacy and I should be respected.”
Mr. Melaye was asked how he came by his wealth and what the car actually cost – since he disputed our estimate in the report.
In February, Mr. Melaye, who once led a nongovernmental organisation campaigning against corruption, posed in a 2015 Slingshot estimated to cost about N4.78 million.
In September, he arrived at a Senate function at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, in a Mercedes Benz 190 (1958 Model) and a Hindustan Ambassador, used for his security aides.
The Benz had a customized number plate “KOGI DINO 10”.
The Rolls Royce has the registration number “MELAYE 2” and is believed to cost some $400,000.
A source said the car was purchased in Las Vegas, in the United States of America.
“Senator Dino Melaye is very smart, he actually got the car from Las Vegas two years ago. At that time, he was busy committed with anti-graft crusade as Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network (ACN) but decided to keep it in secrecy,” the source said.
(Premium Times )