The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye was yesterday arraigned before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Apo, over allegations of attempted suicide and attempt to escape from custody. Melaye was arraigned on a six-count charge which also include damage of police property.
He, however, denied committing the offences preferred against him. Although, Counsel to Melaye, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) was not present in court, Justice Oriji said since the court had granted Melaye bail when he was arraigned on 25th July, 2018 on the same charges, the bail conditions subsists.
According to Oriji, 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.
In the earlier bail condition, Melaye was to produce two sureties who must be directors in the civil service, and reside in the FCT, and depose to affidavits of means. The court however adjourned the case till April 5 for hearing.
Prosecuting counsel, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on April 24, 2018.
He said the defendant, while being conveyed in a police vehicle to Lokoja, allegedly forced his way out of the vehicle and attempted to escape.
Izinyon said that the defendant held a substance in his hand and threatened to drink it to kill himself so that he would put the police officers 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.