Melaye: Senators halt plenary, storm National Hospital, summon IG

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The Senate on Wednesday stopped plenary to visit Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) at National Hospital, Abuja, to ascertain his health condition.

This followed a point of order by Sen. Sam Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) at plenary.

Melaye, who sustained injury during his arrest by security operatives on Tuesday, was earlier taken to Zankli Hospital, Abuja.

He was later transferred to National Hospital, Abuja, by men of the Nigeria Police for treatment.

He is being interrogated by the police in connection with sponsoring of political violence in Kogi and illegal possession of firearms.

The upper chamber also summoned the Inspector General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris to appear before it by 11 a.m. on Thursday to give explanation about the matter.

Sen. Anyanwu in his point of order expressed concern over “the manner in which a serving lawmaker was treated: something should be done about it.”

He said the legislature was the symbol of democracy and should be respected, especially by security agencies.

The lawmaker, therefore, urged the senate to meet with the leadership of Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

Deputy Leader of the senate, Sen. Bala Na’Allah, said he was delegated by the upper chamber, alongside other senators to visit Sen. Dino Melaye in hospital but were prevented from seeing him.

He, however, added that the hospital management had assured the senators that doctors would do
their best to stabilise Melaye, who was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The President of the senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, thanked the lawmakers for their concern and stressed the need for collaboration between the legislature and the executive for democracy to thrive.

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  1. What a country we find ourself!! A country where an individual or a group of people’s Interest supersede the interest of the whole nation. I am ashamed to associate myself with a country where the interest of the nation is not given priority. That the plenary come to a standstill because of one actor still baffles me. This confirms further that they are representing themselves and not the electorate. A man (Dino) who was alleged of sponsoring political violence and possession of illegal illegal was arrested and the so called distinguished Senator halts plenary to visit him at the hospital. The supposed law makers did not see any thing wrong in an individual disturbing the peace of a state or country as a whole then that so called hallowed chamber need a total overhaul. What law are they making and for whom are the laws made. To worsen the case, they went a step ahead to summon the IP to appear before the senate to explain why a man sponsoring political violence and possession of illegal fire arm was arrested. It is evident that the law makers are there to enact laws for common Nigerian my submission.

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