Dino Melaye sent to prison

Dino Melaye At The Intensive Care Unit At National Hospital

Dino Melaye At The Intensive Care Unit At National Hospital

Dino Melaye arraigned before an Abuja Court - Abuja - The Nigerian Police today arraigned the embattled Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District of Kogi State before a magistrate court in wuse zone 2 Abuja.

"If anything happens to him, (Dino) the responsibility will be on the security agency", he said.

"If any law has been breached, the Police must ensure that his life is secured first".

"That is without mincing of words; because I have not seen a country where someone will be arraigned in a stretcher; where he is not even in the right frame of mind to even take a plea". However, while leaving the court, he was picked up again by police.

The House's reaction came after a member from Kogi State, Mr. Karimi Sunday, raised a point of personal explanation on the floor to bring the "plight" of Melaye to the attention of members. The operatives seized his worldwide passport to prevent him from leaving the country.

Early on Tuesday, he announced that he would pay a visit to police authorities after his police escorts were withdrawn.

Hours later, the Senator resurfaced at the Zankli Medical Center, Abuja, in an ambulance, apparently unconscious, before he was rearrested and moved to the National Hospital.

However, after the court granted the lawmaker bail today, the police re-arrested Mr Melaye for the pending offences of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms already filed in a court of competent jurisdiction in Lokoja for which the police said he will be arraigned without further delay.

Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, while speaking with Premium Times, said the decision of the court was for the Inspector-General of Police to "take adequate care of the defendant".

Dino Melaye, 42, of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been remanded in police custody for 38 days for alleged conspiracy, gunrunning and kidnapping.

The court ordered that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not lower than Great Level 14, and one must have easily identifiable residence in Abuja.

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