Dino Melaye Arrives Kogi In Ambulance, To Be Arraigned Today

 

Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West was conveyed in an ambulance by the police authorities and is due to appear before the Federal High Court later today.

The Senator who is presently at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in the north-central state is under the guard of armed policemen.

According to the police, Melaye is being arraigned for an alleged criminal conspiracy, causing damage to government property, attempted suicide and escape from lawful custody.

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.

Earlier, the lawmaker had survived an attempt made by the Independent National Electoral Commission to facilitate his recall after the verified signatories to the petition for his recall fell short of requirements.

Saturday’s event climaxed a victory for the embattled Senator following the inability of the signatories to meet the requirements.

For the verification exercise to succeed, 50 percent plus one of the signatories to the petition had to be verified.

However, based on the results announced by Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti, the Declaration Officer for the exercise held in the senatorial district, only 18,742 of the 189,870 of the signatories to the petition for the Senator’s recall were verified by INEC.

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