Senator Shehu Sani, on Wednesday said he was not able to immediately say whether his hospitalised colleague, Dino Melaye, was “stable or not”, hours after visiting him in hospital.
Sani, representing Kaduna Central, was among the dozens of senators who stormed the National Hospital in Abuja to ascertain Melaye’s health on Wednesday afternoon.
“He was not on handcuffs but on drips,” Sani said in a Fecebook update. “He was barely able to speak and his neck was bandaged. I’m not a medical Doctor or a Nurse to conclude whether that means ‘stable or not’.”
“That is the truth,” he added.
Another senator who also met with Mr Melaye said the Kogi senator had been moved to the intensive care unit and that police and hospital officials left him unfed for nearly a day.
The senators had earlier postponed plenary to create enough time for the visit. They arrived at the hospital at 1:29 p.m. in four buses.
Melaye reportedly jumped out of a moving police vehicle on Tuesday afternoon while protesting police’s decision to move him to Lokoja, the capital of his home state of Kogi.
He said he had obtained a court order for the criminal case that police have against him to be tried in Abuja, saying he his life would be in danger in Kogi.
He was rushed to a private hospital in Utako District, Abuja, after jumping and wounding himself.
A medical official at Sanklin Medical Centre where the senator was initially taken told PREMIUM TIMES there were preliminary indications that the senator had broken a vertebrae, but was not in critical condition.
Shortly after news broke that Melaye had been hospitalised at Sanklin, the police stormed the facility to arrest him.
He was chained to a stretcher and moved to the National Hospital Tuesday evening, where he had remained ever since. Some of his colleagues who visited him in hospital expressed grave concerns about his state of health.
Of immediate concern to the senators was Melaye’s inability to speak or feed, according to one of them who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES strictly on anonymity because he was not a Senate spokesperson or leader of the entourage.