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Falana, Ogunye differ on Melaye's arraignment on stretcher

06 May, 2018, 16:49 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Melaye's lawyer explains why he is in police custody

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has lambasted the Nigeria Police for arraigning the embattled senator representing Kogi-West, Dino Melaye, in court on a stretcher.

The trial judge also adjourned till Monday, 7th, May for continuation of hearing in a written bail application filed by Melaye's counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, asking for a variation of the remand order placed on him.

He said: "A recall exercise is just like conducting a Senatorial election".

"The police will have no alternative but to return Mr Melaye to the National Hospital Abuja, especially since hospitals in Kogi State are all on strike".

The prosecution, led by Theophilus Oteme Esq, the officer in charge of legal unit, Kogi police command, in its motion sought that the lower court ruling be varied and the defendant be remanded in prison custody as originally sought.

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Granting the request, Ajana explained that the order was to enable the senator receive medical attention, following the lack of facilities at the Police Clinic Lokoja where he is being held in police custody.

A drama however ensued when the counsel to the police, I.

"The application for the bail in this case will be heard on Monday, the 7th of May, 2018", Ajanah declared.

This followed the refusal to grant bail to Dino Melaye on Thursday when he was hauled before a Senior Magistrates' Court sitting in Lokoja, on seven counts bordering on criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of fire arms. He is accused, among other offences, of aiding the illegal use of firearms ...

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