Despite meeting his bail conditions, the police have refused to release Senator Dino Melaye, who is representing Kogi West in the National Assembly.
On Friday, a high court in Abuja granted the Melaye bail on health grounds after about two weeks in detention. Yusuf Halilu, the judge, had granted the senator bail on health grounds. The bails conditions included presenting three sureties who reside and have properties in Abuja. The lawmaker met the conditions on Monday.
However, as of 7pm last night, Melaye was still being held in police detention. According to reports, despite the order of the court that had been served to police, they want to arraign him “on fresh charges” on Tuesday.
“His family has not seem him. Despite the above FCT High Court order of Friday and duly served on the Police, having met all bail conditions, the police are holding on to Dino Melaye as we speak now. Instead of obeying the court order above, they have chose to arraign him in court tomorrow on a fresh charges” a source said.
Recalled that a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja granted bail to Senator Melaye who was held in a police health facility in Abuja.
In a ruling on an application by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) Justice Yusuf Halilu granted bail to Melaye on health ground.
Justice Halilu was of the view that the Senator must be healthy to stand trial.
According to Ozekhome, since the Senator cannot be arraigned on the stretcher or on his hospital bed, he should be allowed on bail to attend to his health.
The judge asked him to produce three sureties, one of whom must be the Clerk of the National Assembly, who must undertake to produce him when he is to be arraigned in respect of a charge already filed against him.
The judge said the other two sureties must be owners of properties within the Abuja metropolis.
The lawmaker is to be re-arraigned by the police on fresh charges.