A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted the bail granted The senator representing Kogi west senatorial district in Kogi state, Dino Melaye. it will be recalled that Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi west constituency,was granted bail by an FCT High court in Maitama, Abuja owing to his health conditions.
— Naija News (@NaijaNews) January 18, 2019
Melaye who is facing trial for allegedly providing false information to the public regarding an assassination attempt against him, was arraigned by the federal government through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation but could not appear in court on January 14 for his health condition.The judge in the ruling on the application for bail filed by Melaye’s counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), held that though there was no formal charge before the court, he would still grant bail on health ground.
He has to, otherwise, the pressure will pile up again.
— Össai (@solite7) January 18, 2019
However, the Court ordered the complainant to provide three sureties, two of which must show evidence of landed properties in Abuja, as part of the conditions of the bail The Court also held that the third surety must be a clerk of the National Assembly who must do a letter to the court that the applicant must be produced in court when he is required. Justice Halilu subsequently adjourned till January 23, to rule on the substantive matter.In arguing the bail application, Chief Ozekhome submitted that ill health was a condition to reckon with in consideration for bail.
Congrats! But do be matured enough to make yourself available the next time you are asked to appear in court. Enjoy your freedom.
— dimeji joseph (@dymegyjoe) January 18, 2019
According to Melaye’s lawyer, it is only the living that can stand trial. Ozekhome noted that in an investigation procedure it was unlawful to arrest a suspect unless there are enough evidence to caution him.While submitted that Melaye is a victim of Political Vendetta, Ozekhome said his client who is a senatorial candidate in the forthcoming general is being held in custody, purposely to prevent him from taking part in the election.
I doubt he will.. Let wait and see
— Mazi Pita®️ ???? ? (@Mazipita) January 18, 2019
Prosecuting counsel, Simon Lough, in opposing the bail application said Melaye’s arrest was lawful because it was in pursuant to a petition written against him.He said that the petition alleged that Melaye was in possession of firearms and he attempted to commit an assassination.
On the issue of Melaye’s health condition, Lough argued that there was no evidence given by the applicant to show that the medical facility where he was taken cannot take care of his illness.Melaye, had locked up himself for eight days in his house in Maitama, Abuja, to prevent his arrest by a team of police operatives who besieged his residence to arrest him over alleged attempted culpable homicide.
— Realist Citizen (@bash2kool) January 19, 2019
However, when after 8 days he surrendered himself to the police, he appeared sick and needing medical attention, prompting the police to admit him to the Police Clinic in Garki, Abuja, where he is been held in custody.Though the police had claimed that it obtained a warrant from an Abuja court to keep Melaye for 14 days.Melaye few days to the police siege on his residence had tweeted that former IG of Police, Ibrahim Idris planned to arrest him, adding that the police also planned to inject him to death.
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