- Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has spoken about the arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye
- Falana declared that the arraignment is unacceptable in a civilized society
- He said the senator’s case should not be treated in isolation by the Senate
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has condemned the arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye on a stretcher, adding that it is unacceptable in a civilised society.
Vanguard reports that Falana who made this known in a statement, said Melaye’s case provides an opportunity to reform the country’s criminal justice system.
The statement read: “The arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye on a stretcher in Abuja and Lokoja is unacceptable in a civilised society.
“It is particularly degrading and humiliating as it violates the fundamental right to the dignity of his person guaranteed by Section 34 of the Constitution and Section 7 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
“Even though the Senator has my sympathy it is indistinguishable that he has only been given a little dose of the humiliating treatment that is daily meted out to the flotsam and jetsam of our unjust society by the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies in Nigeria.
“Therefore, the senator’s case should not be treated in isolation by the Senate and the bourgeois media. While the solidarity of the federal legislators with Senator Melaye is understandable, the tragic turn of events calls for sober reflection.
“Apart from joining the call for the immediate release of Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky, and Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) in line with the valid and subsisting orders of competent courts, the National Assembly is called upon to take advantage of Senator Melaye’s case to adopt and domesticate the United Nations Minimum Standard for the Treatment of Criminal Suspects in Nigeria without any delay.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Dino Melaye finally arrived Lokoja, Kogi state for his appearance in court later on Thursday, May 3.
The senator was conveyed to the state in an ambulance by the police authorities.
The senator was at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in the north-central state under the guard of armed policemen Federal High Court.
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