Attempt Suicide: Court grants Melaye N5M bail

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The embattled senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, was on Tuesday docked before an FCT High Court, Apo area of Abuja on a six-count charge bordering on attempted suicide and attempt to escape from custody.

Melaye, who has been reelected on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was also charged with damage to police property.

The senator, however, denied committing the offences preferred against him.

Justice Sylvanus Oriji said that he was aware that the court had granted bail to the defendant when he was arraigned before him on July 25, 2018 on the same charges.

Justice Oriji said that the earlier bail conditions, which included the sum of N5 million and two sureties in like sum, were still valid and should be sustained in the current charges.

In the earlier bail condition, Melaye was to produce two sureties who must be directors in the civil service, reside in the FCT, and depose to affidavits of means.

The prosecuting counsel, Alex Izinyon (SAN), told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on April 24 last year.

He said the defendant, while being conveyed in a police vehicle to Lokoja, allegedly forced his way out of the vehicle and attempted to escape.

Izinyon said the defendant held a substance in his hand and threatened to drink it to kill himself so that he would put the police officers in trouble.

The prosecutor also said the defendant broke the glass of the vehicle with his elbow and caused damage to police property.

He said the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 148,153,173,231, 326 and 327 of the Penal Code.

The counsel to the defendant, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), was, however, not in court.

The judge however adjourned the case until April 5 for hearing.

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