Falana faults Senator Melaye's arraignment on stretcher

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Mr Ozekhome saw a bright spot for Mr Melaye in the outcome of Wednesday proceeding, saying the police will have no alternative but to return him to the National Hospital Abuja, "especially since hospitals in Kogi State are all on strike".

Melaye who was brought to the court in a stretcher, was arraigned alongside the duo of Kabiru Seidu, aka Osama and Nuhu Salisu, aka small on a seven-count charge of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms.

This came as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, warned that nothing should happen to Sen Melaye.

He said: "A recall exercise is just like conducting a Senatorial election". If anyone in this country commits an offence, the law is there for the person to be prosecuted or arraigned in court within the ambit of the law.

Izinyon pleaded that Melaye be remanded in prison custody because he is influential and could jeopardise investigation.

Prosecution counsel, Alex Iziyon, (SAN), represented by I.E Otome, did not object the consolidated motion.

He further explained that the interim order became the best option as the prosecution could not provide a federal prison that has the required health facilities to take care of Melaye's health condition.

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This was despite Melaye's lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, arguing that with Melaye bedridden, from a spinal chord injury, it would not be possible for him to jump bail.

In his ruling, Senior Magistrate Sulyman Abdullah said the court had listened carefully to the submissions of both counsels and concluded that the case was not bailable.

Also, journalists and other person's that had seated in court for hours were all asked to go out for security checks.

The judge said the senator should be returned to Abuja in the interim, while hearing for his bail conditions will be heard on Monday.

The judge however said he couldn't grant the bail application now because the respondent has to be served.

Meanwhile, reacting to the arraignment of Melaye in stretchers, Dogara said, "It is unthinkable that a distinguished senator or an honourable member of this House would run away from trial. If any law has been breached, the police must ensure that his life should be secured first.If anything happens to him, the security agencies will be held accountable".

According to him, his clien should be for prosecution and not persecution.