The Nigeria Police Force has explained why Senator Dino Melaye was arraigned and later arrested at the Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja.
The police explained that the senator was arraigned for criminal conspiracy, causing damage to government property, attempted suicide and escape from lawful custody.
The Police also said his trial proceeded after he was confirmed fit for trail and discharged by the National hospital management.
The statement said that the Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district was also rearrested after his arraignment for offences of Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms which was already filed in a Court in Lokoja.
The police said Melaye will be arraigned for the alleged offences without delay.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja Wednesday evening by the Force Spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood.
The statement reads: “Senator Dino Melaye was arraigned in court by the Police today, 2nd May, 2018 at Chief Magistrate Court, Wuse, Abuja for Criminal conspiracy, causing damage to Government property, attempted suicide and escape from lawful custody.
“His arraignment in Court today was subsequent to his discharge from the National Hospital after he was confirmed fit for trial.
“Solacebase reports that, on the 24th April, 2018, at about 1200Hrs, Sen. Dino Melaye while in lawful custody of the Nigeria Police Force and being taken for arraignment for Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms in Court in Lokoja, from Abuja, escaped from lawful custody when hoodlums and miscreants in Two (2) Toyota Hilux Vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying Senator Dino Melaye around Area 1 Round About, Abuja.
“In the process, the Senator broke the side glass of the vehicle and jumped out of the Police bus through the window and was rescued from the Police men by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination before he was rearrested at Zankli Hospital in Abuja later in the day on same date.
“This case was investigated and that is why the Senator was arraigned in court today.”
The statement further reads: “Meanwhile, the Police Investigation Team re-arrested Senator Dino Melaye today, 2nd May, 2018 after his arraignment at Chief Magistrate Court, Wuse for the pending offences of Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms already filed in a Court of competent jurisdiction in Lokoja for which he will be arraigned without further delay.”