Melaye was accompanied to the Thursday’s proceedings by about 11 senators, including Senators Ben Murray-Bruce and Shehu Sani. He pleaded not guilty to the two counts filed against him by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
But in her bench ruling, the judge, Justice Olasunbo Goodluck, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000, with one surety. The judge ruled that the surety to be provided by the senator must be a federal civil servant of at least Grade Level 14 in any federal parastatal or establishment. The surety must also provide proof to be a resident of the Federal Capital Territory.