The Nigerian Court has Ordered Police to Show Cause for Detaining Melaye
An Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama on Thursday ordered the police to show cause over it’s continued detention of Sen. Dino Melaye.
Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, who has been in police custody since Jan. 4, approached the court for enforcement of his fundamental right.
NAN reports that Justice Yusuf Halilu gave the order after Melaye’s counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) informed the court that his client has been in police custody since Jan. 4 against what the law stipulated.
“We are talking about the liberty of a citizen not because he is a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but a citizen, this is contrary to sections 35 and 36 of the constitution of Nigeria.
“If you keep a man for 13 days, you have already presumed him guilty, ” he submitted.
Mr Simon Lough, the respondent counsel, told the court that he only got the motion on notice on Jan. 16, and needed five days according to law to reply.
He added that he was not aware of the order to show cause.
He said though Melaye was in the police custody, he as the council does not have the power to affect his investigation which was ongoing, preparatory to charging him to court.