A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Abuja has granted Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) permission to journey to the United States for medical therapy.
The embattled lawmaker was arraigned earlier than the court docket on May 2 on prices bordering on his alleged escape from a police automobile in Abuja on April 24, 2018.
At the resumed listening to on Wednesday, Melaye’s counsel, John Odubela prayed the court docket to order the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command to launch the lawmaker’s worldwide passport to allow him journey to the United States for a medical therapy.
Odubela disclosed that the embattled lawmaker was an asthmatic affected person and his well being situations had deteriorated.
Counsel to the Police, Alex Izinyon, nonetheless opposed Odubela’s prayers, saying the defence didn’t current any referral from the National Hospital to the mentioned US hospital.
Ruling on the matter, the presiding Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello held that Melaye be allowed to journey.
Segun-Bello dominated that since Melaye’s well being situation existed earlier than the case was filed and the appointment on the hospital predated the trial, there was no want for a referral letter.
She ordered that Melaye’s worldwide passport be launched and be allowed to journey in a foreign country for therapy for an interval of 20 days.
The Magistrate, nonetheless, ordered that Melaye returns the worldwide passport to the custody of the Commissioner of Police of the FCT upon his return.