Alleged suicide attempt: Police arraign Senator Dino Melaye

.Secure N5m bail

Senator Dino Melaye
Senator Dino Melaye

Francesca Iwambe -Abuja

The Nigerian Police Force, on Wednesday, arraigned Senator Dino Melaye before the High court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Apo over allegation that he attempted to kill himself by jumping out of a vehicle conveying him to Lokoja to face criminal trial.

Melaye was in the charge that was endorsed by the Inspector General of Police, alleged to have escaped from custody, after he broke the glass on the second window of a bus belonging to the Police, using his left elbow. The lawmaker was said to have jumped into a White Toyota Hilux with registration number Kaduna MKA 603GY.

According to the Police, his action amounted to an offence punishable under section 327 of the Penal Code Law.

Meanwhile, Melaye, who was among 14 Senators that decamped from the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, into the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday, pleaded not guilty to the six-count charge police entered against him, even as his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, applied for his release on bail pending trial.

Ozekhome who drew attention of the court to the fact that his client was previously granted bail on the same charge by an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court, said the lawmaker would be available to face his trial.

The bail application was not opposed by Police lawyer, Dr. Alex Iziyon, SAN, who left the issue to the discretion of the court. Consequently, trial Judge  Slyvanus Oriji who sat as a vacation judge, granted the defendant bail to the tune of N5million with two sureties in like sum.

The court stressed that one of the sureties must be a Director in the Federal Civil Service who is resident in Abuja.

Justice Oriji who also ordered the surties to depose an affidavit of means, said Melaye should be remanded in prison custody in the event that he failed to meet the bail conditions.

The Sketch online recalls that the Police had on May 2, docked Melaye who is representing Kogi West Senatorial District, before a Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja, after he was brought before the court on a stretcher. Though he was granted bail to the tune of N90m, the matter was subsequently struck out.

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Meantime, some of the counts in the fresh charge Police lodged against him over before the high court, read: “That you Senator Dino Melaye of 11 Sangha street Maitama on the 24th of April 2018 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court while being conveyed in a white Police Haice Bus with a Registration Number marked NPF 3354D to Lokoja, Kogi State by police officers to be arraigned in court for conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms in charge number CMCL/145C/2018 filed at the Chief Magistrate Court Lokoja Kogi State intentionally obstructed the police officers from conveying you to Lokoja by forcing your way out of the said bus and escaped and thereby committed an offence.

“That you Senator Dino Melaye of 11 Sangha street Maitama on the 24th of April 2018 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court while being conveyed in a white Police Haice Bus with a Registration Number marked NPF 3354D to Lokoja, Kogi State by police officers to be arraigned in court for conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms in charge number CMCL/145C/2018 filed at the Chief Magistrate Court Lokoja Kogi State forced your way out of the bus when you were to be rearrested by the same police officer, you threatened to kill yourself and put the police officers in trouble which prevented them from re-arresting you and thereby committed an offence.

“That you Senator Dino Melaye of 11 Sangha street Maitama on the 24th of April 2018 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court while being conveyed in a white Police Haice Bus with a Registration Number marked NPF 3354D to Lokoja, Kogi State by police officers to be arraigned in court for conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms in charge number CMCL/145C/2018 filed at the Chief Magistrate Court Lokoja Kogi State forced your way out of the police bus and escaped by means of White Toyota Hilux with registration number Kaduna MKA 603GY and hereby committed an offence.

“That you Senator Dino Melaye of 11 Sangha street Maitama on the 24th of April 2018 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court while being conveyed in a white Police Haice Bus with a Registration Number marked NPF 3354D to Lokoja, Kogi State by police officers to be arraigned in court for conspiracy and unlawful possession ofrge number CMCL/145C/2018 filed at the Chief Magistrate Court Lokoja Kogi State broke with your left elbow the glass on the second window to the last at the left side of the said bus belonging to the Nigerian Police force and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 327 of the penal code law.”

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