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I heard Senator threaten to kill himself, Witness tells court



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

Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, is facing trial on six counts of attempted suicide; attempt to escape from custody and damage to police property.

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

Gistok  reports that the witness, Mallum, driver with the IGP Special Tactical Squad, said that he overheard Melaye, make the threat while attempting to escape from police custody.

He made the allegation while testifying in the ongoing trial of Melaye, for attempted suicide, attempt to escape from custody and damage to police property, filed against Melaye.

As we moved around 2 p.m by Area I roundabout, a white Toyota Hilux blocked me, I applied the brakes. The vehicle knocked off my side-mirror.

READ ALSO : “I heard the Senator shouting at the officers. I then heard the sound of a glass breaking.

All of a sudden, I Sen. Melaye jumped out of the vehicle, shouting that he would not go to Lokoja.

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

At this point, the police officers pleaded with the defendant to get back in the car but he refused.

A crowd had also started gathering in Area I. I was ordered to put the car in reverse and go back to the office, he said.

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

Justice Silvanus Oriji then adjourned the cas to until May 27 for cross-examination.


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