The House of Representatives have frowned at the arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye on a stretcher by the Nigerian Police. Karimi Sunday, a member from Kogi had raised a point of personal explanation on the floor to bring the matter to his colleagues’ attention. He said the Kogi state government was persecuting Melaye for his views against the running of the state.
Responding, Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House, said: “All I can say at this point is that nothing must happen to Senator Melaye. If any law has been breached, the police must ensure that his life should be secured first.If anything happens to him, the security agencies will be held accountable.”
Also, Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and activist, has said that the humiliation Melaye as been subjected to is a violation of his fundamental human right. He said this in a statement on Thursday.
“The arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye on a stretcher in Abuja on Wednesday and Lokoja on Thursday morning is unacceptable in a civilised society.
“It is particularly degrading and humiliating as it violates the fundamental right to the dignity of his person guaranteed by Section 34 of the constitution and Section 7 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015,” he said.
Falana, however, stated that Melaye’s ordeal was a reflection of the suffering ordinary Nigerians faced in the hands of security agents on a daily basis. He called on the Senate to reflect on the matter and act accordingly.