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Sen. Melaye to Spend 39 Days in Custody as Court Refuses Him Bail in Kogi


By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A Senor Magistrate Court sitting I Lokoja has  denied the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye bail . as the gave order to remand him under the custody of the  Inspector General of Police.
In his ruling, the Senior Magistrate  Sulyman Abdullah stated that the has discretion to grant an refuse the bail as the case may be .
He explained that   the case against the fourth defendant, Senator Dino Melaye  carrels more ten three years sentence if found guilty.
Abdallah ordered the1st and 2nd defendants to policy custody as requested by the prosecution counsel. D r. Alex Izinyon / stressing that Senator Melaye should be under the protective custody o f inspector General  of Police.
The case has been adjourned till June 11.
with this development.
The senator representing Kogi West will be detained for 9 days  under the protrctive custody of IGP.
Senator Dino Melaye and  two others, Kabiru Seidu. A.k,a Osama and Nhuhu Saslishu have been arraigned  before the senior  magistrate court sitting in Lokoja on 7 count charges  of conspiracy and illegal possession of firearms contratray to section o 97 sub section of penal code as contained in a 7 pages affidavit.
Earlier the leading prosecution counsel, Dr Alex  Ixinyon had submitted written application which withdraws the charged against one Mohammed Audu, calling on the court not grant bail to senator Melaye.
The prosecution counsel who advanced the reasons why the serving senator should not e granted bail, adding that the senator may jump bail and may pervert the cause of police investigation.
He argued that section 156 of Kogi State criminal Administration of justice law stated that the offence is not bailable.
Izinyon therefore urged the court to specifically be remanded in prison custody.
However, the defendant counsel. Mr. Mike Ozokhome   SAN  argued that the senior magistrate court has the discretion rant bail to Senator Dino Melaye on self recognition
Ozokhome who cited relvant authorities for his oral bail application sated that Senator Melaye is one of best senators o f the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Stressing that if granted bail, he will stand his trial.
Senator Melaye who was brought to court from Abuja in a police ambulance with registration number NPF 22144D   and was wheeled on Hospital stretcher into Magistrate 2 in Lokoja at 9.15 am.
There was confusion as to  where Senator Melaye  would remanded as some police officers were rejecting  that the senator should not be under police custody.
As at the time of filling this report, the police may have whisked him away to Abuja.


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