Abama Mallum, an Inspector of the Nigeria Police Force has said Dino Melaye threatened to kill himself in order to put the Police in trouble.
Mallum, a driver with the IGP Special Tactical Squad, said on Thursday that he overheard Melaye make the threat while attempting to escape from the clutches of the police.
The revelation was made during the hearing to the allegations of attempted suicide, attempt to escape from custody and damage to Police property against Melaye.
The witness informed the court that while on duty on April 24, 2018, Amos Boka, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, told him to convey Mr Melaye and some police officers to Lokoja.
“As we moved around 2 p.m by Area I roundabout, a white Toyota Hilux blocked me, I applied the brakes. The vehicle knocked off my side-mirror.
“I heard the senator shouting at the officers. I then heard the sound of a glass breaking.’’
“All of a sudden, Sen. Melaye jumped out of the vehicle, shouting that he would not go to Lokoja.
The witness alleged that Melaye had a sharp instrument in his hands and he was shouting:”I will kill myself and put the police in trouble’’.
“At this point, the police officers pleaded with the defendant to get back in the car but he refused.
“A crowd had also started gathering in Area I. I was ordered to put the car in reverse and go back to the office,” he said.
Mallum further alleged that a white van blocked the car he was driving.
Counsel to the defendant, Alex Izinyon, SAN, requested the court go to the car park where the vehicles tendered as exhibits were kept so that the witness can identify the car.
The judge, Silvanus Oriji, then adjourned the case to until May 27 for cross-examination.