Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja
The Police on Tuesday arraigned the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, on a nine-count charge bordering on obstruction and resistant to lawful arrest.
He was arraigned alongside his domestic staff, Silas Omenka, before Justice Halilu Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court.
Justice Yussuf had on Friday ordered the police to release the senator after spending 15 days in detention without being charged to court.
But the police quickly filed the charge against him while perfecting his bail condition.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Justice Yussuf while ruling on a fresh bail application moved by Melaye’s Counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) said the bail conditions set for the Senator last week should be maintained.
Ozekhome had urged the court to sustain the bail conditions as granted on Friday, which he said his client already met but the police refused to release him.
Although, Counsel to the Inspector General of Police, Magaji Labaran, did not oppose the bail application,  he had prayed the court for a more stringent bail condition.
Ozekome in response to Labaran, argued that Melaye is a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and he had been given his passport to travel abroad before now and returned.
He also submitted that the police must have concluded investigations before arraigning the Senator.