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Court grants Melaye bail on health grounds
The Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja has granted a N10 million bail to the controversial senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye.
Justice Nasiru Ajanah granted Senator Melaye bail on Wednesday due to his health challenge.
The presiding judge described the medical report of the lawmaker as a merit factor to grant the bail application.
The judge, however, ordered Melaye who had been held for three weeks in police custody, to provide a surety in the like sum.
He also ordered that the international passport of the surety be domiciled with the court.
Senator Melaye is charged by the police for allegedly arming deadly criminal gangs and convening a political rally that ended with the death of one person.
The police had earlier arrested suspects who confirmed that Mr Melaye had provided arms and financial support to them.
The lawmaker has since denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.
He claimed his ordeal was mainly because of his outspokenness against the alleged impunity of the state governor, Yahya Bello.