MELAYE: IGP snubs Senate


But it was gathered that the police had earlier on Wednesday handcuffed Melaye on his hospital bed at the National Hospital, Abuja, apparently to prevent him from escaping.

The Senate had, on Wednesday, summoned the IGP to appear in the chamber to address the lawmakers in plenary on Thursday (today).

The Senate, after a debate that lasted over one hour, resolved to step down all the items on the order paper and adjourn plenary. "Can't the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria be respected?" "We have lost our glory as a result of what happened yesterday". I want it to be on record that I kicked against this on this day in this Senate. Dino Melaye is being accused of murder and armed robbery. "This is not change we voted for. We can't continue like this", N'Allah said.

But Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa) cautioned his colleagues against what he called, confrontational outpour, saying it won't help Melaye's situation.

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, reminded Senator Ibrahim that it was the IGP that the Senate summoned through a resolution and not the DIG.

"Even me in the last 48 hours, I've not been able to reach the IGP". I think that is not a disrespect to me as an individual, but, to this institution because you can not talk about security without collaboration with the Legislature.

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Adopting the motion moved by Sam Anyanwu, the senators visited the Trauma Centre of the National Hospital in Abuja where Melaye was admitted.

"On the appointed day, the verification shall commence at 8:00 am and end at 2:00 pm in the Polling Units in the Senatorial District provided all petitioners are in the queue by 2:00 pm".

After a brief meeting with the chairman of the board of the Hospital, Patricia Etteh, nine out of the senators were allowed into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

He said: "He (Melaye) is stable and being monitored".

On whether he is still on handcuffs, Saraki said: "No, he is not on handcuffs".