Police say Melaye is fit to stand trial

*Melaye in police hospital in Abuja.

The Nigeria Police Force said on Monday that the Kogi West senator, Mr. Dino Melaye, is in sound health and fit to stand trial.

The lawmaker turned himself in on Friday, January 4 after a one-week standoff with the police who invaded his Abuja residence to arrest and take him to Kogi state to face charges of conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide.

An assistant inspector general of police medical, Mr. Kaomi Ahmadu, told newsmen at the Police Hospital, Garki in Abuja on Monday that the senator had been certified fit to stand trial in the case of alleged attempted culpable homicide preferred against him by the force.

“All this long, we have been managing him and thank God he is in good health now.

“At any moment, if there is any course for us to invite a specialist or take him to a specialist centre, we oblige him.

“He also has a respiratory rate of 20 per minute; so, by and large, he is in sound health,” he said.

Although Melaye claimed he needed further and better care, Ahmadu said the police would continue to provide good and quality medical assistance for the lawmaker.

He said Melaye was transferred to the medical facility from the custody of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Abuja after he surrendered to the police.

He stressed that the lawmaker was in a critical state when brought into the facility, but they were able to stabilise his condition.

“You will remember when he (Melaye) was rushed here he had an acute asthmatic attack.

He was brought in from the FSARS facility and we managed his acute asthmatic attack

“He came out of asthma and since then, we had an incidental finding of malaria and typhoid fever.

Along the way, he raised complaints of some symptoms suggestive of some nerve fractures.

“We took him to a specialist centre where he was reviewed by three specialists that are concerned on the brain, spinal cord, and nerve routes,” he said.

 With Channels TV report


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