… As Court grants Dino Melaye bail***
The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has alleged a plot by the Inspector General, Ibrahim Idris, to “frame and implicate” him.
Mr Saraki said this on Wednesday, telling senators he wanted to call their attention to the matter.
He alleged that the police chief had transferred some criminal suspects undergoing interrogation in Kwara to make statements to implicate him.
Mr Idris has been having a running battle with the Senate under Mr Saraki, repeatedly refusing to honour summons by the senate and accusing its members of criminal behavior.
“Last night, my state governor revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who have been arrested in our state for cultism, whose investigation has been completed and were about to be under prosecution under the state law on the advice of DPP and the ministry of justice, all of a sudden being ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning,” Mr Saraki said.
“The information reaching him from the commissioner of police (is) that they have been directed by IGP to bring them to Abuja. With the information that he has, they would find how to alter their statement already made in Ilorin and try and implicate the state government and particularly myself. I felt that as we speak now, these suspects are already here in Abuja.
“These acts I don’t know whether to call it desperation or intimidation. All actions to undermine our democracy (are) a recipe for anarchy because we are doing our work by asking officials to obey the law, due process and subject themselves to constituted authority. I think it is important (we bring) this dangerous development to your attention, country and the international authority of the impunity we are undergoing in this country and the danger to our democracy.”
Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state, raising a point of order, moved that the issue be debated and a resolution taken.
Mr Saraki stepped down from presiding to allow his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, to preside as advised by Ibn Na’Allah.
The lawmakers are commenting on the issue as at the time of filing this report.
In the meantime, a court in Kogi state has granted a N10 million bail to Dino Melaye.
Mr Melaye, who represents Kogi west at the senate, was given bail by Justice Nasiru Ajanah.
The senator was arraigned for alleged gun-running.
He faces separate charges in Abuja, bordering on giving false information, offences he denied committing.
For the Abuja case, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of FCT High Court, Maitama, on Wednesday adjourned until May 17 for Mr Melaye’s lawyer to explain why his client was not in court.
The judge, after listening to the submissions of his counsel, Ricky Tarfa, and the prosecuting counsel, Magaji Labaran, adjourned the matter.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr Labaran, had informed the court that the case was fixed for trial, but the defendant whom the court granted bail was not in court.
Responding, Mr Melaye’s lawyer, Mr Tarfa, told the court that he expected Mr Labaran to furnish the court with the true position.
“The defendant has been charged in two other courts. He was immediately taken to Lokoja after he was granted bail in this court.
“The magistrate court at Lokoja refused him bail, and ordered that he should be remanded in police custody.
“He approached the high court and that court adjourned until May 16 (today) to rule on his bail application,” he submitted.
He told the court that it was not a fair representation of issues if the prosecution behave as if he was not aware.
Mr Labaran, responding, told the court that Mr Melaye was granted bail which he perfected the condition, and said what he may have done is not the business of the court.
“In the circumstance, we pray the court to issue an order for the surety to come and show cause.
“Otherwise, we will be compelled to ask that the defendant’s bail be revoked,” he submitted.
The judge had on March 1, 2018 admitted Mr Melaye to bail in the sum of N100 million, a surety in like sum, who must not be below grade level 14 in the Federal Civil Service.
In addition, the surety must show evidence of where he resides in the Federal Capital Territory.
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