Senator Dino Melaye to spend 39 days in jail

Senator Melaye on a stretcher

The lawmaker was brought to court in a police ambulance around 9:17 am. However, before his arrival, heavily armed policemen took positions within and outside the court premises.

As the case commenced, the prosecution, Alex Isihon, stated that the court did not have the jurisdiction to entertain the case.

But counsel for Senator Melaye, Mike Ozekhome, in his submission argued that the court had the powers by virtue of the Constitution to try the case. He quoted Section 60 of the Penal Code which stated that the offence of conspiracy is bailable according to the Kogi State Administration of Criminal Justice.

After a short recess, Chief Magistrate Suleiman Abdulahi denied Melaye bail and ruled that he should remain in custody for the next 39 days.

The case was then adjourned until June 11, 2018.

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