The Nigeria Police Force has said it had obtained a warrant to hold Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, in its custody for two weeks.
The police said this in a statement issued on Friday by Jimoh Moshood, the Force Headquarters Public Relations Officer, in reaction to the evacuation of the embattled senator.
Senator Melaye, who is currently facing charges over the alleged shooting of one Sergeant Danjuma Aliu deployed to the Mobile unit of the force, was transferred from the Police Clinic, in Garki, Abuja, to DSS medical facility also situated in the nation’s capital.
The police said it had the right to hold and evacuate the Kogi federal lawmaker to another hospital as it had obtained a warrant from the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, on January 9, to detain him (Melaye) for two weeks while its investigators to continue with their work.
The statement said, “The Police medical team at the Police Hospital certified that Melaye is well and healthy to stand trial after treating him.
“However, due to complaints from Senator Melaye that he is not well, the Police Investigation Team has taken him this afternoon (Friday) to another government hospital, DSS Medical Facility in Abuja for further medical attention.
“The Police Investigation Team obtained a 14-day remand warrant from the FCT High Court on January 9 to keep Senator Melaye in Police custody for investigation into the case of criminal conspiracy and attempted culpable homicide against him till January 23, 2019.”
The police also debunked reports that the operatives who evacuated the lawmaker were masked.