Melaye: SARS bars senators from entering hospital

A delegation from the upper legislative chamber were on Wednesday turned back after they attempted to visit a colleague, Dino Melaye, at a section of the National Hospital, Abuja.

Melaye, a senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, is currently receiving treatment at the hospital after he reportedly jumped off a moving police vehicle transporting him to Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state, for an alleged criminal offence.

Initially admitted to the Zanklin Hospital, Mabushi, Abuja, Police stormed on Tuesday evening to retrieve the senator and moved him to the National Hospital, for treatment on injuries sustained when he reportedly jumped off a moving van earlier.

On Wednesday, armed operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), were seen crawling the National Hospital and restrained access to Melaye, including restricting the Senate delegation from seeing him.

The delegation led by Bala Ibn’Nallah, the deputy Senate leader, were asked to turn back as instruction from higher authority didn’t sanction such visit.

O. F. Onche, who led the SARS team stationed at the National Hospital, told the delegation which also has Senators Francis Alimekhena, Emmanuel Bwacha, that can not see their embattled colleague.

When the leader of the Senate delegation tried to introduce himself to the operatives, Onche interrupted him that “I know you. You cannot see him now. It is an instruction.”

Apparently shocked by the unexpected rejection, Na’Allah retorted that “Instructions from above?”, the SARS leader responded that “I said it is an instruction, may be you can see the medical director.”

When it was obvious that they would not be allowed to see Melaye, the dejected senators turned back and returned to the National Assembly.


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