Police move against over 100 lawyers protesting in Abuja court

Police move against over 100 lawyers protesting in Abuja court

- Lawyers and policemen engaged in arguments over the hearing involving Senator Dino Melaye's detained lawyers and two other detainees

- The lawyers identified as David Amaefula and Pius Udo-Inyang, were arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

- The defendants were granted bail in the sum of N200,000 and one surety each in like sum

There was drama as lawyers and policemen engaged in arguments over the hearing involving two detained lawyers and two other detainees, at the chief magistrate court, Mpape, Daily Trust.

Legit.ng gathered that two lawyers identified as David Amaefula and Pius Udo-Inyang, of Messrs Rickey Tarfa & Co. Abuja Office, were on Tuesday, April 24 and 25, arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office Guzape after they were dispatched to the Zankli Medical Centre, Mabushi, Abuja to secure justice for Senator Dino Melaye.

Two other people including a cousin to Melaye and his friend were also arrested during the raid.

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The defendants were granted bail in the sum of N200,000 and one surety each in like sum by Magistrate Zubairu on Monday, April 30, adding that the sureties must be resident in the FCT.

The incident started when over 50 armed policemen deployed in the court attempted to seize placards from protesting lawyers. The lawyers numbering over 100 in the court premises resisted the move.

The police officers who were not done encircled the lawyers and demanded that they leave the court premises. This attracted protests from the lawyers.

Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the counsel to the lawyers, condemned the handcuffing of the young lawyers, while being produced to the court. He said the country should resist a return to tyranny and undemocratic actions.

Legit.ng previously reported that the senator representing Kogi state west at the Senate, Dino Melaye, explained the events leading to his reported escape from a moving police vehicle that landed him in a hospital in Abuja on Tuesday, April 24.

Premium Times reports that in a statement signed by Melaye's media aide, Gideon Ayodele, on Wednesday, April 25, said the senator voluntarily submitted himself to the police and, therefore, did not deserve to be forcibly taken to Kogi state to stand trial in a slew of criminal indictments that include murder and armed robbery.

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Ayodele said: “Earlier in the morning, Senator Dino Melaye as a law-abiding citizen voluntarily submitted himself to the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who had laid siege to his private residence since around 3.35pm of Monday, April 23."

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Source: Legit.ng

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