Senator Dino Melaye was on Wednesday arraigned in an FCT High Court, Apo , on six counts bordering on attempted suicide , attempt to escape from custody and damage of police property .
Melaye, who represents Kogi West senatorial zone , denied committing the offences, while Justice Silvanus Oriji granted him bail in the sum of N 5 m
The judge ordered 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 ( SAN ) , had told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on April 24 .
He said the defendant, while being conveyed in a police vehicle to Lokoja , forced his way out and escaped .
Izinyon further said that the defendant sat on the ground , holding a substance in one hand and threatening to drink it to kill himself so that he could 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 .
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 , Chief Mike Ozekhome ( SAN ) , had prayed the court to allow the bail granted to the defendant at the Magistrates ’ Court Wuse on the same charges to continue .
The prosecution opposed the application , adding that bail is at the discretion of the court .
The judge upheld the submission of the prosecution and gave the new bail conditions .
He said that the case would be assigned to another judge by the chief judge after the vacation .
( NAN )
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