Why Dino Melaye Was Re-Arrested, After Meeting Bail Conditions – Police

The police have explained why Senator Dino Melaye was re-arrested today after his arraignment and subsequently meeting bail conditions.

The lawmaker representing Kogi West was arraigned in court by the Police on Wednesday at Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Abuja.

He was granted bail in the sum of N90million by the court, having met the bail condition but was rearrested by the police shortly after his release.

The police in a statement on Wednesday said Melaye was re-arrested for his pending offences of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms.

The statement which was signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood explained that Melaye will be arraigned without further delay.

“The Police investigation team re-arrested Senator Dino Melaye today, 2nd May 2018 after his arraignment at Chief Magistrate Court, Wuse for the pending offences of Criminal Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Firearms already filed in a Court of competent jurisdiction in Lokoja for which he will be arraigned without further delay,” the statement read in part.

The statement read further that Melaye was arraigned in Abuja today for criminal conspiracy, causing damage to government property, attempted suicide and escape from lawful custody.

Melaye’s arraignment in court today according to the police was subsequent to his discharge from the National Hospital after he was confirmed fit for trial.

The Senator landed in the National Hospital after jumping out of a moving police vehicle on Tuesday, April 24.

The police vehicle was conveying him to Lokoja, Kogi State where he is expected to be interrogated by the police in connection with the allegation that he armed some thugs and in relation to other criminal activities.

The police subsequently accused him of making an attempt to commit suicide by jumping out of the vehicle conveying him and falling on the ground, with a threat to implicate the police for his supposed death.

He was also said to have resisted a further attempt by the police to re-arrest him with the help of some persons who allegedly threatened to injure the police officers if they tried to arrest him.

Police Stop PDP Convention In Port Harcourt

PDP, INEC, Police, DSS, CourtThe Nigerian Police has cordoned off the venue of the planned National Convention of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The action by the security agent follows the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday barring the PDP from holding the convention.

Justice Okon Abang ruling in a motion filed by a factional chairman of the party, Ali-Modu Sheriff, also restrained the Inspector General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from supervising or monitoring the planned convention pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Before the ruling by the Abuja court, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had given a clear call for the convention to go ahead.

Ruling on a motion filed by the convention planning committee, Justice Ibrahim Walifa stated that the party’s National Convention Planning Committee was duly constituted and that the convention stands valid.

Meanwhile the second highest body of the PDP, the National Executive Council (NEC) held an emergency meeting in Port Harcourt, where the tenure of the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee was extended by a year.

Present at the meeting are governors, party leaders, former ministers among others.

Appeal Court Nullifies Nyako’s Impeachment

NyakoA five-man panel of Appeal Court judges presided over by Justice Jummai Sankey sitting in Yola has nullified the impeachment of former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako.

In a judgement delivered by Justice Tunde Owoloye, the court set aside an earlier ruling of a lower court that upheld the impeachment. All the five judges unanimously ruled that the Adamawa State House of Assembly fragrantly abused tenets of law by infringing on the fundamental rights of Nyako by removing him from office illegally.

The Appeal Court maintained that Nyako was not served with an impeachment notice as stipulated by law before the legislators embarked on the impeachment process which they now termed as “wrong, sad, unfortunate and unconstitutional”.

The Appeal Court went further to frown at the manner in which the State Assembly went ahead with the impeachment process by serving Nyako through a substituted means which they say was wrong.

The judgment further described the proceeding that ousted Nyako as “a sham and a kangaroo sitting” that was stage managed and cannot be allowed to stand.

The judgement  stated that it did not matter whether Nyako committed the alleged offenses but that since he was not given right to any fair hearing and having his fundamental human rights trampled upon, the assembly acted in affront to the rule of law and such an illegality cannot stand as legal.

The impeachment was therefore reversed to mean that Nyako remained the Governor of Adamawa State until the elapse of his tenure.

The judge, however, posited that the issue of tenure elongation for Nyako cannot stand as his term has elapsed.

Responding to the Judgement, the Adamawa State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Bala Sangha, described the judgement as an absurdity that can only empower a governor to evade being served notices of allegation.

He said that the legal counsel to the Adamawa State House of Assembly would appeal the matter.

Abuja Court Grants Ex-Governor Nyako Bail

nyakoA Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to a former Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Muritala Nyako, his son, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako and two others accused of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering.

Justice Evoh Chukwu released the former governor and his co-accused persons on bail, on the condition that they will provide two sureties each in the sum of 350 million Naira.

According to him, both sureties must be serving Directors in any government establishment or one Director serving in a Federal Parastatal .

The accused persons must also deposit two passport photographs each and all their travel documents with the court.

Mr Nyako was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegations of corruption and money laundering.

Governor Nyako is the second governor granted bail by a court in Abuja on Friday. Earlier, a court had earlier granted bail to a former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim, who is also facing charges of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering.

Court Frees Rivers PDP Chieftain Charged With Sedition

The chairman of the People’s Democratic Party in Omuma local government area of Rivers state, Mr Charles Ahamefule charged with sedition by the police has been set free by a magistrate court in Abuja.

Mr Ahamefule was arrested in Rivers state and arraigned in Abuja over an interview he granted to a Port Harcourt based radio station on the crisis in the state chapter of People’s Democratic Party.

The police said the Ahemefule interview amounted to criminal conspiracy, false statement and incitement.

Mr Ahemefule was then kept at the Kuje prison, where he spent a week before his case was heard in court.

The prosecutor, Usman Shuaibu had filed two applications in the case. The first application sought to transfer the case to another magistrate court in Abuja where he is said to be standing trial on different charges.

The defence counsel, Miss Rosmary Okotie-Ebo applied for his bail, since the case was going to be transferred but the prosecutor countered this and told the court to terminate the case.

After listening to both parties the magistrate ruled that according to international laws the rights of every person is key and an accused person is innocent until proven guilty and as such the application for termination is paramount. He therefore discharged Mr Ahamefule.

However, attempt by Mr Ahamefule to leave the court a freeman was resisted by the police, which led to a disagreement between the prosecutor and the defence.

Following the disclosure by the prosecutor that the police are yet to conclude its investigation of the accused person, magistrate Anthony Enahoro set free Ahamefule.

It took the intervention of one of the senators representing Rivers state, Senator Magnus Abbe who promised to take Mr Ahamefule to the force headquarters and stand surety for him before he was allowed to leave.



INEC To Appeal Court Judgment On Deregistration Nullification

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vowed to prosecute over 93,000 people in Anambra state involved in multiple voters registration ahead of the state governorship election.

The chairman of the commission, Professor Attahiru Jega told a news conference in Abuja that the prosecution of those found to have done multiple registrations would serve as a deterrent to other people with the same motives in other states.

While reacting to the ruling by a federal high court in Abuja which voided the deregistration of 28 political parties, Professor Jega assured that the battle is not over, that the court cannot overturn the deregistration decision and plans are in the pipeleine  to appeal the court judgment which overturned it’s deregistration of some political parties in the country.

And to check electoral fraud, the INEC chairman said the introduction of the permanent voter cards before the end of the year is one strategy that the INEC is deploying to further checkmate electoral fraud in the system ahead of the 2015 elections.