- The Nigeria Police Force said Senator Melaye was moved to the DSS clinic to prepare him for his court trial
- Melaye was moved to the DSS facilities and not a detention according to a statement by a police spokesperson
- The police said Melaye was moved to the DSS clinic for a medical examination to ascertain his condition ahead of his court date
The Nigeria Police Force has explained that Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi west senatorial district, was moved from the police clinic to the medical facility of the Department of State Service as part of preliminary arrangements for his coming trial in Lokoja, Kogi state.
The Nation reports that police spokesman, Moshood Jimoh, claimed that Senator Melaye was taken by policemen to the medical facilities of the DSS and not their cell or detention facilities.
Jimoh said: “On the 9th of January, 2019 we got a High Court Remand Warrant to keep him in police custody for fourteen days.
“The police medical team at our facility examined him and concluded that he was okay to stand trial but he is insisting that he is not okay; that is why we are taking him to another government hospital.
“He has been taken to the DSS hospital and he will be returned to us after their medical examination because he does not have any case with SSS.
“He only a case with the police and we are going to take him to court within the period covered by the Remand Warrant.
“He will be taken to court within the period because the Remand Warrant is from an FCT High court, which gives us the permission to keep him in police custody for 14 days.
“He was only taken to their (SSS) hospital; he is not in their custody.
“Our people have examined him and we want another government hospital to also examine him and give a medical opinion.”
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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that a source close to the Senator Melaye said he refused to be admitted at the DSS medical facility because he claimed he has no case with the DSS.
Melaye's family members who lamented the treatment given to the lawmaker said they have not been told why he was taken to the medical facility of the DSS because he does not have a case with the security agency.
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