Melaye remains in police custody till June

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

Melaye, representing Kogi West District, was arraigned before the Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lokoja, capital city of Kogi state in north central and was remanded in custody till June 11 by Chief Magistrates Suleiman Abdullahi.

The controversial senator who was wheeled into the court room in a stretcher was implicated by some eight hoodlums now in police custody for supplying them with weapons.

Melaye brought to court in a police ambulance

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 took positions within and outside the court premises to forestall unforeseen circumstances.

Before he was brought to the court on Thursday, the senator was first taken to the headquarters of Special Anti-Crime Unit in Lokoja.

Melaye had been 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.

Melaye was re-arrested on Wednesday after his arraignment in court in Abuja where he was granted bail for a different offence of alleged suicide attempt, escape from police custody.

At Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse in Abuja, he was granted bail in the sum of N90 million by the court, having met the bail condition but was rearrested by the police shortly after his release.

The police in a statement on Wednesday 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 will be arraigned without further delay.

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

Melaye’s arraignment in court on Wednesday according to the police was subsequel to his discharge from the National Hospital after he was confirmed fit for trial.

The Senator landed in the National Hospital after jumping out of a moving police vehicle on Tuesday, April 24.

The police vehicle was conveying him to Lokoja, Kogi State where he is expected to be interrogated by the police in connection with the allegation that he armed some thugs and in relation to other criminal activities.

The police subsequently accused him of making an attempt to commit suicide by jumping out of the vehicle conveying him and falling on the ground, with a threat to implicate the police for his supposed death.

He was also said to have resisted a further attempt by the police to re-arrest him with the help of some persons who allegedly threatened to injure the police officers if they tried to arrest him.