Court Denies Melaye Bail, to Be in Police Custody Till June


Embattled Senator Dino Melaye, who was arraigned in court on Thursday in Lokoja, may have to stay longer with the police as the court has directed he should be remanded in police custody till June 11.

Melaye, who is representing Kogi West Senatorial District at the Senate, lost his bid to secure bail as the Chief Magistrate’s Court I Lokoja, Kogi State refused his request.

The court in Lokoja, ordered that he be remanded in police custody and be brought to court on June 11.

The lawmaker was brought to court in a police ambulance at about 9:17 am and was immensely stretchered into the court by policemen.

Before his arrival, heavily armed policemen had taken positions within the court premises to forestall unforeseen circumstances.

The arrival of the senator in court attracted the attention of workers and others who came for transactions.

Other courts within the premises were also not sitting as at the time of this report.

Also, journalists and other persons that had been seated in court for hours were all asked to go out for security checks.

At the end, only few were allowed inside.

Melaye was declared wanted following his refusal to appear before the police to answer to accusations by some arrested suspects, who alleged that the senator supplied them with arms and ammunition.

The lawmaker was arraigned by the police on Wednesday at a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Wuse, Abuja.

He was granted bail in the sum of N90 million by the court, having met the bail condition but was re-arrested by the police shortly after his release.

The police in a statement on Wednesday had said Melaye was re-arrested for his pending offences of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms.

The statement which was signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, explained that Melaye would be arraigned without further delay.

Moshood said that Melaye was arraigned in Abuja for criminal conspiracy, causing damage to government property, attempted suicide and escape from lawful custody.(NAN)