Nigerian senator Dino Melaye in police detention

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Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye was remanded into police custody until June 11, 2018, after losing his appeal for bail, along with two others (Daily Post Nigeria).

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Melaye was brought to court on Thursday after being arraigned (or charges formally presented to him) for charges including: alleged gunrunning (Sahara Reporters), illegal possession, and transfer of firearms, criminal conspiracy (The Guardian Nigeria), damage to government property, attempted suicide and escape from lawful custody (Daily Post Nigeria).

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Senior Magistrate Sulyman Abdullah concluded Melaye’s case was not bailable, with him earlier having escaped from police custody, and ordered all three accused persons be remanded at the police custody (The Guardian Nigeria). This was despite Melaye’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, arguing that with Melaye bedridden, from a spinal chord injury, it would not be possible for him to jump bail.  (The Guardian Nigeria).

Melaye had been with the police from April 24 for a week before being released on bail for N90 million ($250,000), only to then be arrested shortly after release.

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