Dino Melaye pleads ‘not guilty’to 6-count charge

Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, on Tuesday was docked before an FCT High Court, Apo area of Abuja on a six-count charge, bordering on attempted suicide and attempt to escape from custody. He was also charged with damaging police property.

Melaye pleaded not guilty to the offences levelled against him.

Justice Sylvanus Oriji acknowledged that he was aware that the court had granted bail to the defendant when he was arraigned before him on July 25, 2018, on the same charges.

Oriji said that the earlier bail conditions, which included the sum of N5 million and two sureties in like sum were still valid and should be sustained in the current charges. He was

The prosecuting counsel, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on April 24, stating that he allegedly forced his way out of the vehicle and attempted to escape while being conveyed to Lokoja.

He also mentioned that the senator threatened to kill himself by drinking a substance thereby putting the policemen in trouble.

The prosecutor also said that the defendant broke the glass of the vehicle with his elbow and caused damage to police property.

He said the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 148,153,173,231, 326 and 327 of the Penal Code.

The counsel to the defendant, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) was, however, not in court.

The judge adjourned the case until April 5, for hearing.

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