Police Wanted Dino Melaye Remanded In Prison, Judge Said No – Senator’s Lawyer, Ozekhome

The lawyer representing embattled Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye, has opened up on his client following his trial for alleged criminal conspiracy in Lokoja, the state capital, Thursday.
 

Mike Ozekhome

While speaking in a telephone interview with PREMIUM Times on Thursday afternoon, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, the lawyer representing embattled Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye, explained the current situation of the lawmaker.

TORI News had earlier reported on Thursday that Dino Melaye was arraigned before a court in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, after he arrived the court on a stretcher in an ambulance.

Following his trial for alleged criminal conspiracy in Lokoja, the prosecution asked the court to detain the lawmaker in prison, his counsel said. But Ozekhome has now denied media reports that Melaye was remanded.

He explained that the decision of the court was for the Inspector-General of Police to ”take adequate care of the defendant.”

He said; “What happened was that the prosecution asked the court to remand him in prison, but the judge refused and rather said the Inspector-General of Police should take care of Mr Melaye until he fully recovers.”

The legal practitioner said 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”.

Efforts to get the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood to react was not successful. It is not yet clear if the police will bring the senator back to Abuja or keep in Lokoja.

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