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.

‘Every Lie Has Expiry Date,’ Melaye Says After Attempt To Recall Him Fails

Senator Dino Melaye who is currently on admission at the National Hospital has thanked his constituents for rejecting attempts to recall him from Senate, saying every lie has expiry date.

The Senator, who is representing Kogi West, in a Tweet on Sunday appreciated people of his constituents for standing by him and having confidence in him.

“Every lie has an expiry date. Forces of evil will never triumph over forces of light. God is with us

“Thank you my people. God bless you all. Thank you for the confidence reposed on me. I will not let you down. I will always stand by the truth and the people at all times. God bless Kogi west,” his tweet read.

READ ALSO: Full Results Of Verification Exercise For Dino Melaye’s Recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Sunday declared that the recall exercise on Saturday had failed after the verified signatories to the petition for his recall fell short of requirements

For the verification exercise to succeed, 50 percent plus one of the signatories to the petition had to be verified.

However, based on the results announced by Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti, the Declaration Officer for the exercise held in the senatorial district on Saturday, only 18,742 of the 189,870 of the signatories to the petition for the Senator’s recall were verified by INEC.

The verified signatories represent 5.34 percent of the 351,146 registered voters in the Senatorial district.

Melaye reacted to the news of the failed attempt to recall him from his hospital bed in the National Hospital where he is receiving treatment after he reportedly jumped out of a moving police vehicle in a bid to escape and sustained injuries.

Resident Doctors Threaten Strike From January 2

Resident Doctors Give FG 21 Days UltimatumMembers of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) have issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government to address the issues of the state of health in the country, as well as the doctors’ welfare or face a total indefinite withdrawal of services.

The National Executives of the Resident Doctors held a press briefing led by the National President, Dr. Ugochukwu Onyebueze, on Monday after their meeting in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria.

They observed that the health of Nigerian citizens is not being given the attention it deserves due to worsening health indices and dilapidated infrastructures in health institutions in the country.

They also noted the undermining of staff welfare in tertiary health institutions, selective and vindictive non-payment of members who agitate for their dues, epileptic pension and remittance deductions and enormous burden of unpaid salaries among other issues.

The association lamented that despite assurances from the federal and state governments, nothing has been done and they have resolved that the federal government should as a matter of urgency institute mechanism to check the rot in the heath sector and ensure that quality healthcare is accessible to all Nigerians

They also demand that Resident Doctors’ Welfare be made a priority.

In the absence of addressing these issues, the association has vowed to ensure a total and indefinite shut down of services from January 2, 2017.

The press briefing follows the communiqué issued at the end of the Extraordinary National Executive Council Meeting of the association held at the National Trauma Centre of the National Hospital, Abuja, on December 11, 2016.

At that meeting, pertinent issues affecting the quality of healthcare delivery to Nigerians as well as the welfare of its members, were discussed.

Second Death Recorded In Alleged Nasarawa Police Shooting

Nasarawa, PoliceA second man has died from gunshot wounds after a clash between the Police and labour unions in Nasarawa State.

This brings the death toll to two, following a police shoot out at the gate of the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

The deceased, Rabiu Mohammed, was an administrative staff of the defunct Nasarawa State owned newspaper, ‘Nigeria News Day’.

He passed away at the National Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital where he was receiving treatment.

The shots were fired as the workers waited for the outcome of a meeting between Governor Tanko Al Makura and the labour union, over the implementation of a new salary template, which prompted them to embark on an indefinite strike.

One of the workers had been killed while at least three others (two from the state Judicial Service Commission and a journalist) were injured in the incident.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, in his reaction called on the Nasarawa State Police Command to fish out the policeman responsible.

The Police Command spokesman, ASP Umar Numan, told Channels Television that the incident occurred as some of the workers allegedly threw stones at the General Manager of the Nasarawa Broadcasting Service, Mr Yusuf Musa, who was making his way to attend the meeting.

He added that the Police were not sure if the shootings were from the Police or the workers, saying the Police were working to establish the circumstances that led to the shooting.

Olisa Metuh Ready To Return 400 Million Naira

Metuh, Olisa MetuhThe embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has restated his readiness to refund the entire N400 million paid to him by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for publicity prior to the 2015 Presidential election.

Metuh, whose position was made known in a statement by his counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu said he was willing to refund the entire N400 million regardless of the fact that the money had already been expended on the directive of the former President and that the EFCC had already recovered part of the fund from a prosecution witness.

The counsel confirmed that the defence team had been in talks with the Ministry of Justice, the EFCC and other necessary bodies on how to refund the money and resolve the issue.

Ikpeazu said that it has become obvious from the evidence of prosecution and defence witnesses that at the time the money was released to Metuh after his presentation to the ex-President, he had no knowledge of the source.

He, however, had every cause to believe that the money was from the ex-President to whom he made presentation, received directives and rendered report and accounts accordingly.

Ikpeazu said refunding the entire sum is in line with Metuh’s support for the ongoing war against corruption in the country and that his client is more of a victim of circumstance.

He pledged his client’s support for the anti-corruption war of the federal government.

Court Dismisses Metuh’s Application To Travel

MetuhThe Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by the former National Publicity Secretary, People Democratic Party, Mr Olisa Metuh, asking for the release of his International Passport to enable him travel abroad for medical treatments for a spinal cord aliment.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, while dismissing the application, held that he was concerned that Mr Metuh would abscond and not be available to conclude his trial if he was allowed to travel abroad.

Justice Abang further held that Mr Metuh cannot pretend not to be aware of the existing order of the court on his International Passport.

According to him, Metuh’s application amounted to asking to reverse its earlier order that allowed him to be on bail, since his passport form one of his bail conditions.

He added that a bail condition could only be varied when an accused person has not been able to set the conditions.

He noted that while he was not in a position to question the opinion of the doctor at the National Hospital, Abuja, there was no reasonable evidence from Metuh to prove that no Nigerian hospital was capable of treating him of the spinal cord related illness.

Justice Abang consequently dismissed Metuh’s application for lack of merit and on the ground that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the application since there was a subsisting order of the court asking him to deposit such documents with the Court Registrar.

Metuh had on May 16, applied to the court through his Counsel, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), asking it to return his travel document to enable him travel abroad for five weeks to access medication for a spinal cord related illness.

Court Adjourns Metuh’s Trial Due To Ill Health

MetuhA Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the case against the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Olisa Metuh on the grounds of ill health.

Metuh who is standing trial for allegedly collecting 400 million Naira from the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, was absent in court at the resumption of trial.

His lawyer, Mr Oyeachi Ikpeazu, informed the court that his client was on admission at the National Hospital Abuja.

Reacting to the application, counsel to the EFCC, Mr Sylvester Tahir said that he would reluctantly not object to the application, but will leave it to the discretion of the court to decide on what steps to take.

In his ruling, the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, said that the hearing was adjourned at the instance of the accused person, following a medical report by a consultant neurologist at the National Hospital who ordered a compulsory bed rest for the accused.

He, however, said that the medical report has made it difficult for the court to decide on the time frame of the bed rest because it was not indicated in the report.

FG To Pay Medical Bills Of Nyanya Blast Victims

Blast_VictimsPresident Muhammadu Buhari Sunday in Abuja took succour to survivors of Friday night’s bomb attacks on Nyanya and Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory.

On a visit to the survivors of the attack who are receiving treatment at the Trauma Centre of the National Hospital, President Buhari wished them full and speedy recovery.

The President reassured the survivors that the Federal Government will take full responsibility for settling their medical bills.

He also directed his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari to settle the N268,790.00 medical bill of a young girl in the Paediatric Ward of the hospital.

The girl’s mother, Deborah Stephen, had broken into tears on seeing President Buhari. She told him that her daughter had been shot by armed robbers who raided their home and that the family could not afford the medical bills.

The President, who was accompanied by Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and his personal aides visited the Intensive Care Unit, the Paediatric Unit, and the General Wards of the National Hospital.

Expressing his appreciation of the President’s visit, the Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital, Dr Jafaru Momoh said that it will help the patients’ recovery by giving them a psychological sense of being valued and loved by their country.

Patients Call On Government To Grant Request Of Medical Practitioners

health workersThe effect of the industrial action embarked by the medical and health workers union has led to partial paralysis of the health care at public health facilities.

Patients at most of the hospitals visited by Channels Television called on government and health workers in the country to resolve the matter amicably in the interest of the ordinary Nigerians.

Many other patients who are in critical conditions have had to seek medical help from private facilities in the Federal Capital.

The National Hospital located in Abuja is now a shadow of itself as medical Personnel continue their industrial action to press home their demand for better welfare package from the federal government.

The effect of their strike is biting hard as many patients appeal for a compromise from both parties.

A thirty-two years old man, Onuh Chris has undergone a major surgery that requires constant attention from medical personnel but has not gotten much of that since the strike started.

He has called on the government to grant the request of the medical practitioners in the interest of poor Nigerians who cannot afford the high cost of getting medical services outside the shores of the country.

Many Nigerians are hoping that both the federal government and the medical practitioners will resume to the negotiation table in the interest of the masses.

Residents Doctors’ Warning Strike Commences

Lagos_doctors_867855132Resident Doctors have commenced a 3-day warning strike across the country.

Patients at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, are stranded as the doctors there enforced the strike.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Resident Doctors of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba joined their colleagues nationwide in the ongoing 3-day warning strike.

A visit to the hospital revealed that although the resident doctors have withdrawn their services as directed by the national body, the action seemed not to be having much impact as nurses and consultants attended to patients.

Attempts to speak with the union leaders and management of the hospital proved abortive as they said they were not willing to speak on this development.

In Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, the strike was in force also, but the Spokesperson of the National Hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, said that the welfare package of resident doctors can be negotiated with the Federal Government without putting the lives of teeming Nigerians at stake.

Resident Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, in Owo, Ondo State also joined their counterparts across the country.

Channels Television was at the hospital to monitor the situation at the hospital. Though our crew was not allowed into the wards by the security officials at the hospital, there activities to indicate that other health workers in the hospital were at work.

We had an interview with the Chairman, Association of Resident Doctors in the hospital, Raymond Omotayo who highlighted the demands of the association from the federal government, noting that if the demands are not met by July 1, 2015, the Doctors will be forced to embark on an indefinite strike action.

All our efforts to speak with the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Femi Omotosho proved abortive as he was said to be out of the state and other senior officers in the hospital were not willing to speak to our correspondents.

Resident doctors in Rivers State were not left out in the strike as Channels Television visited the Braithwaithe Memorial Specialist Hospital in Port Harcourt, where patients were seen waiting to see doctors that were not available.