Police Returns Senator Melaye To National Hospital Abuja

Senator Dino Melaye on a stretcher taken to a Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja on 02/05/2018.

THE Nigeria Police has returned Senator Dino Melaye to National Hospital Abuja.

The police action is in compliance to a court order by the Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja, which gave the interim order on Friday.

The lawmaker’s legal counsel, Mike Ezekhome (SAN) sought for the bail of his client.

While hearing for the bail application was being adjourned until Monday, May 7, 2018, the judge ruled that Melaye must remain under the police custody while he is being transferred to the National Hospital.

Senator Melaye was returned to the National Hospital on Friday, the same day the order was handed to the police.

The lawmaker on Thursday appeared before a Senior Magistrates Court in the state on a stretcher.

According to the Police, Melaye is being arraigned for an alleged criminal conspiracy, as two suspects had earlier this year implicated the senator as their financier and supplier of guns to commit various crimes in the state.

He is also being tried for causing damage to government property, attempted suicide and escape from lawful custody.

As the case commenced, on Thursday, the prosecution council Alex Isihon, however, stated that the court did not have the jurisdiction to entertain the case.

But his lawyer in his submission argued that the court had the power by virtue of the Constitution to try the case.

He quoted Section 97 of the Penal Code which stated that the offence of conspiracy is bailable according to the Kogi State Administration of Criminal Justice.

Furthermore, he presented two medical reports from the national hospital which
stated that Melaye is bedridden owing to a spinal chord injury he sustained after he jumped out of a moving police vehicle on April 24 while being conveyed to Kogi State.

After a short recess, however, Chief Magistrate Suleiman Abdulahi denied the bail application and ruled that Melaye would remain in custody of the police adjourning until June 11, 2018.