Arraignment of Dino Melaye on stretcher unacceptable - Falana

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The high court located in Lokoja, Kogi state, has granted an interim order for the embattled Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, to be transferred to the National Hospital Abuja.

The order followed a written bail application filed by Melaye's counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), asking for a variation of the remand order placed on him.

The Chief Judge, in his ruling on the applications, said that while both parties were on the same page in their call for variation their destinations on the issue of bail were different.

Moving the motions, Ozekhome prayed the court for a speedy trial of the matter, saying the critical health condition of the senator demanded that he should be transfered to the National Hospital, Abuja for proper medical care, before the next adjoined date.

In an interview after the order, Ozekhome said that the judge was convinced beyond all reasonable doubts that the Police Clinic facilities in Lokoja could not meet the medical needs of Senator Dino Melaye.

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Senior Magistrate Sulyman Abdullah concluded Melaye's case was not bailable, with him earlier having escaped from police custody, and ordered all three accused persons be remanded at the police custody (The Guardian Nigeria).

A drama however ensued when the counsel to the police, I.

They were charged with criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of firearms and illegal gun-running.

As at time of filling report, it is not yet clear if the police will bring the senator back to Abuja or keep him in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

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