Senator Ben Murray-Bruce of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has raised an “SOS” alarm over the health condition of his colleague and friend Senator Dino Melaye who is in police custody.
The Senator raised the alarm in a Tweet posted on his personal Twitter handle (@benmurraybruce), claiming that Melaye (@dino_melaye) “is being held in unhealthy circumstances” by the Nigeria Police “because he is PDP.”
Murray-Bruce also alleged that the Police authorities are ignoring recommendations by three consultants that Senator Melaye be moved and that his (Melaye’s) blood pressure is rising steadily and now currently at 150/110.
However, speaking to journalists on Melaye’s health at the Police Hospital, Garki in Abuja, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Medical, Mr. Kaomi Ahmadu, said Melaye was in good health.
“All this long, we have been managing him and thank God he is in good health now.
“At any moment, if there is any course for us to invite a specialist or take him to a specialist centre, we oblige him. He also has a respiratory rate of 20 per minute; so, by and large, he is in sound health.
“You will remember when he (Melaye) was rushed here; he had an acute asthmatic attack. He was brought in from the SARS facility and we managed his acute asthmatic attack.
“He came out of asthma and since then, we had an incidental finding of malaria and typhoid fever. Along the way, he raised complaints of some symptoms suggestive of some nerve fractures.
“We took him to a specialist centre where he was reviewed by three specialists that are concerned on the brain, spinal cord, and nerve routes.”
It would be recalled that Senator Melaye has been in police custody since January 5 for alleged criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide. The Police said he is being held for interrogation for the crime which they said was committed on July 19, 2018, when Melaye and persons believed by the Police to be his (Melaye’s) armed thugs allegedly attacked Police personnel and specifically shot and wounded Police Sergeant Danjuma Saliu who was on stop and search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State. Mr. Saliu, according to the Police, is now lying ill at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.
When the Police went to arrest Mr. Melaye, it became a hide-and-seek game, as he was holed up in his private residence in Maitama, Abuja for about eight days. In that period, his lawyers approached the Federal High Court, Abuja with an exparte application to remove the Police from his premises, but it was not granted by Justice N.E. Maha who heard the application. In the end, Senator Melaye surrendered himself for arrest due to pressure from over 50 men and officers of the Police who vowed to remain in his premises until they got him.