Police detain Senator Melaye, file fresh 9 charges against him

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The Nigeria Police Force has ignored the Federal Capital Territory High Court’s order to release Senator Dino Melaye (representing Kogi west senatorial district) on bail. Rather, the police on Monday, January 20, filed fresh nine charges against the senator.

A report shows that the fresh charges against Melaye dated January 14, 2019 was co-signed by Kehinde Oluwole, Malik Taiwo and Seyi Otunla, all of the force legal office, Abuja.

One of the nine charges read: “That you Senator Dino Melaye, 45years, representing Kogi West… at about 11am, at your residence… inform the public on Twitter that the police detectives are trying to plant guns in your cars outside, an information you know to be false… thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 392 of the Penal Code.”

The senator is accused of accusing the former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, of planning to “inject him to death”, obstructing and resisting arrest.

Senator Dino Melaye, was granted bail by a high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja. The presiding judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, granted the bail on health grounds. Justice Halilu said Melaye should be granted bail because he cannot be arraigned on the stretcher or ‎on his hospital bed.

The senator was asked to produce three sureties, one must be a clerk of the National Assembly. The other two sureties must be owners of properties within the Abuja metropolis.

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