Dino Melaye granted N5m bail by court in his on-going attempted suicide case

 Senator Dino Melaye has been granted a N5million bail by a FCT High Court, sitting in the Apo area of Abuja bordering on attempted suicide.

The Senator who is representing Kogi West Senatorial Zone, was arraigned on a six-count charge also in an attempt to escape from custody and damage police property, denied committing the offences. After taking his plea on Tuesday, his counsel asked the court to admit him to bail on terms earlier decided by the court when he was brought in last year.  

In his ruling Justice Silvanus Oriji, said that he is aware that the court had granted bail to the defendant when he was arraigned before the vacation of the court on July 25, 2018.

Justice Oriji also agreed that the bail conditions included the sum of N5 million and two sureties in like sum stands. He added that the sureties must be directors in the civil service, reside in the FCT, and depose to affidavits of means.  

The prosecuting counsel, Dr Alex Izinyon, had 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 further 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 also said 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.  

The trial has been adjourned to April 5, 2019 for hearing.

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