The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, says embattled Senator Dino Melaye now receiving treatment at National Hospital, Abuja is in stable condition.
Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), did not honour the invitation of the senate on Thursday as he headed to Bauchi state where President Muhammadu Buhari will spend the next two days.
Recall that the Senate had, on Wednesday, summoned the IGP to appear in the chamber to address the lawmakers in plenary on Thursday (today).
The source said the hospital management might file a case against the police for partially disrupting activities at the facility on Tuesday night while attempting to re-arrest the senator.In a related development, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday in Lokoja announced that it would conduct the signature verification for Melaye's recall in seven local councils on Saturday.
They, therefore, resolved that the plenary be adjourned to allow the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to lead them to the hospital, alleging that policemen guarding Melaye were preventing them from seeing the senator.
Asked whether Melaye was handcuffed to his bed as reported, Saraki said, "No, he is not on handcuffs". It means that we need drastic action.
"We are about to go into an election period, and if these are the kind of excesses we will see from those responsible to protect us, then it is a cause for concern".
"This is not what we should be expending our energy on". "For the last 48 hours, I have not been able to reach the IGP".
"I am constrained to say this". We are not talking about the merit of what he did and what he did not do.
"This must stop. There are procedures and there are ways".
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The debate on Melaye began when Senator Samuel Anyanwu raised a point of order to condemn the police over how Melaye was treated like "a common criminal" by security operatives on Tuesday. One day we will leave here. My heart is bleeding. I want it to be on record that I kicked against this on this day in this Senate.
He was later transferred to the National Hospital in Abuja for further treatment.
Sam Egwu blamed the IGP for not officially writing the senate to explain his absence. We are happy that we have seen him.
Senator Chukwuka Utazi, who seconded the motion, described it as an important motion that should be given all the attention it deserves.