Dino Threatened To Kill Himself And Implicate Police-Witness

A witness, Insp. Abama Mallum on Thursday told an FCT Superior Court that he heard Sen. Dino Melaye shouting that he would kill himself and put the police in trouble.

The witness, Mallum, driver of the IGP Special Tactical Squad, said he heard Melaye make the threat while trying to escape for police custody.

He made the allegation while testifying in Melaye's ongoing trial for attempted suicide; attempt to escape custody and damage to police property, brought against
 Melaye.

Melaye, who represents the Kogi West Senate District, faces trial on six counts of attempted suicide; attempt to escape custody and damage to police property.

The witness informed the court that while on duty on April 24, 2018, Asp. Amos Boka, told him to take Llayo and some police to Lokoja.

"When we moved around 2 pm at the Area I roundabout, a white Toyota Hilux blocked me, I put on the brakes. The vehicle fell off my side mirror.

"I heard the senator shouting at the officers. Then I heard the sound of a glass breaking.

"Suddenly, Senator Melaye jumped out of the vehicle and shouted that he would not go to Lokoja."

The witness alleged that Melaye had a sharp instrument in his hands and was shouting: "I will kill myself and put the police in trouble".

"At this point, the police officers begged the defendant to return to the car, but he refused.

"A crowd had also begun to gather in Area I. They ordered me to put the car in reverse and return to the office," he said.

Mallum alleged that a white van blocked the car he was driving.

The defendant's attorney, Dr. Alex Izinyon, SAN, asked the court to go to the parking lot where the vehicles that were presented as exhibits were kept so that
the witness could identify the car.

Justice Silvanus Oriji then postponed the case until May 27 for interrogation.

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