Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been arraigned before the Abuja High Court and has been granted a bail of ₦5 million.
The lawmaker was arraigned on six counts bordering on attempted suicide, attempt to escape from custody and damage of police property.
The prosecution counsel, Alex Izinyonu, said Melaye escaped from police custody on April 24, 2018, after he broke the glass on the second window of a bus belonging to the Police, using his left elbow.
The lawmaker was said to have jumped into a waiting vehicle, an action which the Police says amounted to an offence punishable under section 327 of the Penal Code Law. He said the defendant while being conveyed in a police vehicle to Lokoja, forced his way out of the bus and escaped.
Melaye pleaded not guilty to the charges and the trial judge, Silvanus Oriji granted him bail in the sum of N5million include 2 sureties who must be directors in the civil service and reside in the FCT.