By Eric Elezuo
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who led a team of senators to the National Hospital, Abuja, yesterday to visit their injured colleague, Senator Dino Melaye, has said that the embattled senator had not been fed for about 24 hours, though he did not give details of the situation.
however, one of the senators, who spoke anonymously, said hospital officials and the police are to blame for the situation.
“Hospital officials said it is not their responsibility to feed him but only to administer medication while the Police said they are afraid of feeding him to avoid being suspected should anything untoward happen to him,” the senator said.
In another development, it was also said that Melaye’s family members are also aware of the situation, but have declined to supply him food until they are formally informed by the Police that the senator is in custody.
The police have reportedly refused to yield to the demand of the family members, and the senator remained unfed as the dispute over the senator’s feeding rages.
Melaye, who sounded inaudible throughout the senators’ visit is being guarded by a good number of policemen in and around the hospital premises. He was reportedly brought to National Hospital handcuffed to a stretcher.
“They are standing everywhere and harassing everyone as if the senator committed treason,” one senator said.
According to Saraki, who is known to be Melaye’s confidant, while speaking with reporters after visiting Melaye, the embattled senator has underlying medical conditions that included asthma.
Melaye reportedly escaped from a moving vehicle as he was being transported by the Police to Lokoja to face trial bordering on allegations of murder and armed robbery by arrested suspects.
The senator denied the allegations, saying his ordeal was orchestrated by Governor Yahaya Bello, his erstwhile ally with whom he had been locked in fierce political rivalry for over a year.
Mr Bello denied being behind Melaye’s ordeal, saying that his recklessness had finally caught up with him.
Meanwhile, the senate summoned Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris for questioning about the controversy shortly before adjourning plenary Wednesday afternoon to visit Melaye.