Court To Take decision On Melaye’s Bail Application May 16th
After listening to arguments from the prosecuting counsel, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN) and the defence counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) the trial Judge in charge of Dino Melaye has reserved judgement for bail till May 16th.
The Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana ruled following a plea from the prosecuting counsel as to why bail should not be granted.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered from reports that, “the prosecuting counsel had told the trial judge not to grant the bail application, as the defendant had been certified fit to stand trial.”
The arguments in the court as revealed from reports showed how Ozekhome, ” in his response, said that the senator managed to run away from the scene after being tear-gassed; adding that someone who wanted to escape justice would either run to his village or any other place where he will not be easily reached; but in Melaye’s case, he ended up in National Hospital, Abuja.”
“Iziyon also argued that he did not believe for one minute that the senator was being treated in any hospital, saying that Melaye only feigned an ailment after he attempted to escape when being taken to Lokoja.”
Iziyon added that “the defence counsel had not been able to prove that the alleged ailment was beyond the responsibility of the prison.”
He added that “there were medical facilities that could adequately take care of the defendant since it has not been proved that the so-called ailment requires special attention that cannot be provided by the prison authorities.”
Ozekhome also stated that “they were in the court on the issue of bail, arguing that there were medical reports from the National Hospital, Abuja, confirming his client’s asthmatic conditions, and injuries in the spines and on the legs.”
“His being transferred to intensive care unit of the National hospital from Police clinic was also a pointer to the fact that they recognised the dangerous condition he was in, as he was not taken to a hotels or a VIP lodge to relax, but to the National Hospital, Abuja,” Melaye’s counsel said.
“They have not also denied the fact that he suffered an attack right there before the senior magistrate and had to be given his inhaler to stabilise his condition.”
“They have not put forward any documentary evidence to oppose the ones tendered before the court as regards his dangerous health conditions,” Ozekhome submitted.