Court grants Dino Melaye N5 million bail over attempted suicide

A high court in Abuja has granted Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West district of Kogi State, a  N5 million bail on charges bordering on an attempted suicide and resistance to lawful arrest.

The court which is located at Apo area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) granted the bail after taking his plea.

Melaye was arrainged on a six-count charge bordering on attempted suicide that happened in April, 2018.

The prosecuting counsel, Dr Alex Izinyon, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on April 24. 2018, while being conveyed in a police vehicle to Lokoja Kogi state to face charges brought against him, when he forced his way out and escaped.

Izinyon  said that the defendant sat on the ground, holding a substance in one hand threatening to drink it to kill himself so that he can put the police officers in trouble.

The prosecutor added that the defendant broke the glass of the vehicle with his elbow and caused damage to police property and the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 148,153,173,231, 326 and 327 of the Penal Code.

During the today’s trial, Dino denied the charges brought against him by the Nigeria Police Force.

Subesequently, his counsel asked the judge, Silvanus Oriji,  to admit him to bail on terms earlier decided by the court when he was brought in last year.

In his ruling, the judge said he was aware that the court had earlier granted bail to the defendant when he was first arraigned.

Oriji agreed to the bail conditions of N5 million and two sureties.  He added that “the sureties must be in the civil service, who reside in the FCT, and must dispose to affidavits of means”.


The trial was adjourned to April 5, 2019, for hearing.


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