While testifying in an ongoing trial on Senator Dino Melaye’s case, a witness, Insp. Abama Mallum told the FCT High Court that he overheard the senator threatening to kill himself and implicate the police.

Mallum who works as a driver for the IGP Special Tactical Squad said Melaye made the threat while trying to escape from police custody.

The police had filed a case against Melaye and he was charged for attempt suicide, attempt to escape from custody and damage to police property.

The witness further said that he was asked to convey Melaye and some police officers to Lokoja by Asp. Amos Boka while he was on duty on April 24, 2018.

He said; “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, I 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 alleged that a white van blocked the car he was driving.

Meanwhile, Counsel to the defendant, Dr Alex Izinyon, SAN, has asked the court to go to the car park where the vehicles tendered as exhibits were kept so that the witness can identify the car.

The case was adjourned until May 27 for cross examination by Justice Silvanus Oriji.