Dogara warns Police nothing must happen to embattled Senator

  • Dogara warns Police nothing must happen to embattled Senator

Dogara warns Police nothing must happen to embattled Senator

The Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has said nothing should happen to the Senator Dino Melaye who was refused bail by a magistrate court in Lokoja and was put under police custody.

The police, it would be recalled, had defied a court order on Wednesday when they arrested and forcefully transferred the federal lawmaker to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, to answer to the criminal charges they preferred against him.

After attempting to flee from Police custody following allegations that he had been involved in gun running, Melaye had landed in hospital and was subsequently charged to court.

He warned that the institution will be held responsible if anything happens to Melaye in the course of prosecution which he argued the lawmaker is unfit to be undergoing.

He said the senator's case should not be treated in isolation by the Senate and the bourgeois media.

Melaye is being accused of collaborating with suspects arrested for kidnapping, illegal possession of arms and political thuggery in Kogi state.

Moreso, the court held that Dino must deposit his global passport with the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.

Early on Tuesday, he announced that he would pay a visit to police authorities after his police escorts were withdrawn.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has described the arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye in a stretcher as unacceptable in a civilised society.

He is to be remanded in Police custody for the next 38 days pending the commencement of hearing in the suit brought by police against him and three others.

Dogara made the call at the plenary on Thursday in Abuja after a personal explanation was raised by Rep. Sunday Karimi (Kogi-PDP) drawing the attention of the House to Dino's plight. The presiding judge, Olasumbo Goodluck, adjourned till May 16 and May 17 for the commencement of trial.