Again, Court grants Melaye bail

Senator Dino Melaye on hospital bed
FILE: The Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara paid Senator Dino Melaye a visit at the hospital bed

A federal high court in Abuja has granted bail to the senator representing Kogi west, Dino Melaye, following his arraignment on new charges by the police on Tuesday.

Mr Melaye pleaded not guilty to nine charges brought against him by the police.

He had earlier been granted bail on Friday following charges of alleged gun running and homicide.

But police refused to release the lawmaker despite having met all bail conditions.

The new charges border on the allegation that Mr Melaye resisted arrest. He was arrested early January after an eight-day siege by officers as Mr Melaye failed to hand himself in.

The new charge is before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama.


SGF Campaign AD

Mr Melaye was in court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to all the charges read to him.

In his ruling, Justice Yusuf Halilu said Mr Melaye should be allowed to attend to his health as he could not be arraigned on a stretcher or on his hospital bed.

The judge granted bail to Mr Melaye based on previous bail conditions given on Friday.

Mr Halilu added that Mr Melaye must not leave Nigeria without a written letter seeking permission to travel.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: This space is available for a Text_Ad.. Call Willie on +2347088095401 for more information

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.