Melaye: Plenary Adjourned, Senators Barred From Seeing Colleague, IGP Summoned


THE Senate on Wednesday ended its plenary early to enable lawmakers ascertain the whereabouts of a colleague, Dino Melaye.

Mr Melaye was yesterday arrested and re-arrested by the police in a confrontation that led to the hospitalisation of the senator.

Mr Melaye jumped out of a police vehicle while it was on motion. HEADLINE gathered that the lawmaker did that to avoid being taken to Lokoja to stand trial in a slew of criminal allegations, including murder.

While deliberating on the incident on Wednesday, Oluremi Tinubu moved a motion that the Senate adjourn plenary to immediately go in search of the senator.

Mrs Tinubu’s suggestion follows several accounts of earlier speakers that they were turned back while attempting to visit Mr Melaye at the hospital on Wednesday.

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The Senate thereafter adjourned plenary after a voice vote.

However, during Wednesday’s visit, senators were been barred from seeing Melaye amidst reports that he is currently at the intensive care unit of the National Hospital, Abuja.

This was made known by the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn N’Allah, who was sent by the Senate to find out about the whereabouts of the senator.

The Senate’s delegation who visited the hospital in solidarity with Melaye were told that there was “instruction from above” not to allow them see him.

Meanwhile, upper legislative chamber has summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to appear before the plenary on Thursday.

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Mr Idris is to appear by 11 a.m. Thursday morning, Mr Saraki announced.

He said the IGP will be grilled on the arrest of Mr Melaye and recent insecurity challenges in the country.

Mr Saraki said the summon is necessary as he had not been able to reach Mr Idris for some days.