The police have explained the reason Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, was relocated to another hospital.
We had reported that Melaye was moved from the police hospital where he had been receiving treatment.
In a statement on Friday, Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, said Melaye was moved to a health facility of the Department of State Services (DSS) following complaints by the lawmaker that he is not getting better.
“Senator Dino Melaye was taken for medical attention at the Police Clinic, Abuja, after he surrendered himself for arrest on 4th January, 2019,” Moshood said in the statement.
“The police medical team at the police hospital, Abuja certified that senator Dino Melaye is well and healthy to stand trial after treating him. However, due to the complaint from senator Dino Melaye that he is not well, the Police Investigation Team has taken him this afternoon to another government hospital, DSS medical facility in Abuja for further medical attention.
“The police investigation team obtained a 14 day remand warrant from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on 9thJanuary, 2019, to keep senator Dino Melaye in police custody for investigation into the case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide against him till 23rd January, 2019.
“It is incorrect as reported in some sections of the media that senator Dino Melaye was moved by masked armed policemen to an undisclosed location and that his where about is unknown. The police officer, Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care in the hospital.”
However, an associate of the senator accused the police of “dumping” Melaye at the DSS facility.
The senator surrendered to the police following a siege to his Abuja residence which lasted for about eight days.
The police have accused Melaye of culpable homicide and alleged that his supporters shot one Danjuma Saliu, a police officer, in Kogi state on July 19.