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Police Opens Up On Dino, Says He’s On 14 Day Remand Custody

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The Nigerian Police has finally opened up on the circumstances surrounding the detention of Senator Dino Melaye, following reports that he was whisked away from his hospital bed on Friday.

Speaking in a press release, Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood said that Senator Melaye is under investigation by the police for criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide.

DCP Moshood stated that the embattled Senator is “currently in police custody on a fourteen (14) day remand warrant obtained from the federal capital territory (FCT) high court”, Abuja.

Moshood further stated that the Senator was taken from the police hospital to another government hospital for further medical attention.

According to the police spokesman, the alleged ‘attempted culpable homicide’ was committed on 19th July, 2018, when Senator Dino Melaye and his armed thugs attacked Police personnel, shot and wounded Sergeant Danjuma Saliu.

The report said that Sergeant Saliu was on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State, when he was shot.

Moshood said: “Senator Dino Melaye was taken for medical attention at the Police Clinic, Abuja, after he surrendered himself for arrest on 4th January, 2019.

“The Police medical team at the Police Hospital, Abuja certified that Senator Dino Melaye is well and healthy to stand trial after treating him.

“However, due to the complaint from Senator Dino Melaye that he is not well, the Police Investigation Team has taken him this afternoon to another government hospital, DSS Medical Facility in Abuja for further medical attention.”

On the legality of his arrest and subsequent detention, he said that “the Police Investigation Team obtained a Fourteen (14) day Remand Warrant from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on 9th January, 2019, to keep Senator Dino Melaye in Police Custody for investigation into the case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide against him till 23rd January, 2019.”

He noted that “it is incorrect as reported in some sections of the media that Senator Dino Melaye was moved by masked armed policemen to an undisclosed location and that his where about is unknown.”

Meanwhile, according to him, the Police Officer, Sergeant Danjuma Saliu, is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care in the hospital.

He ended by assuring that Senator Dino Melaye will be prosecuted along with other suspects on completion of investigation.

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