A senior magistrate’s court 2 in Lokojo, Kogi state, has denied Senator Dino Melaye bail.
The chief magistrate, Suleiman Abdullahi, ruled that Melaye be remanded in police custody.
The embattled Senator is being arraigned for an alleged criminal conspiracy, causing damage to government property, attempted suicide and escape from lawful custody
The prosecution counsel, Alex Isihon, stated that the court did not have the jurisdiction to entertain the case.
Mike Ozekhome, counsel to Senator Melaye, argued that the court had the power by virtue of the constitution to try the case.
The chief magistrate, Suleiman Abdullahi, denied the bail application and ruled that Melaye would remain in custody for the next 37 days.
The Senator was conveyed to Lokoja, in an ambulance by the police authorities to appear before a magistrate’s court 2 on Thursday, May 3.
The senator was brought in a Toyota Hiace police ambulance bus with registration number NPF2214D. PAY
The lawmaker was brought to court in a police ambulance at about 9:17 a.m. and was immediately stretchered into the court by policemen.
Before his arrival, heavily armed policemen had taken positions within and outside the court premises to forestall unforeseen circumstances.
The arrival of the senator in court attracted the attention of workers and others who came for transactions.
Other courts within the premises were also not sitting as at the time of this report.
Also, newsmen and others that had seated in court for hours were all asked to go out for security checks.
The senator had, before being brought to court, first been taken to the SARS headquarters near the NTA office in Lokoja.
Melaye had earlier been arraigned at a magistrates’ court in Abuja and was granted bail for N90 million.