Melaye Absent In Court Because He’s In Police Custody, Counsel Says

Dino Melaye

The absence of Dino Melaye in court on Monday stalled his trial in the ongoing alleged false information case before Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of an Abuja Federal High Court. Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, is facing two counts bordering on giving false information to the Police. The Prosecuting Counsel, Mr. Shuaib Labaran, had arraigned Melaye, alleging that the defendant had, sometime in April, 2017, deliberately given false information to the Police. Labaran alleged that Melaye had deliberately volunteered information that incriminated David Onoja, Chief of Staff to the Kogi State Governor, as the mastermind of an assassination attempt on him. The prosecution counsel further alleged that Melaye had, in April 2017, given false statement of facts during a phone conversation with Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, son of the late former governor of Kogi State, Abubakar Audu. The senator, however, denied committing the offence, which contravened sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963. On resumption of hearing on Monday, Labaran told the court that Melaye was absent from court, but that his counsel, Mr. Olusegun Jolaawo, had explained the circumstances of his absence to him. The prosecuting counsel informed the court that Jolaawo had appealed to him to agree to his request for adjournment since the court had initially given two different days for continuation of hearing in the case. Labaran then informed the court that he was not opposed to the defendant’s counsel’s request for an adjournment. Jolaawo informed the court that Melaye was absent in court because he was in custody of the Police. “Because the court does not take to speculation, the defence team had obtained a certified copy order of the FCT High Court by Justice Yusuf Halilu on January 9, ordering the remand of the senator in Police custody.’’ He said the defence team had tendered before the court, a filed application for enforcement of Melaye’s right, filed by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) before Halilu. The counsel informed the court the date the remand order would expire, which consequently made Justice Goodluck to adjourned the case until January 28 for continuation of hearing. PUNCH Contact Editor using or call direct 0808 360 9209. READ ALSO! More Nigerians Becoming Extremely Poor, 40% Of World’s Poorest To Live There And Congo By 2050 READ ALSO! More Nigerians Now Living In Extreme Poverty — International Labour Congress READ ALSO! 10million More Nigerians Have Been Lifted From Poverty Under Buhari — Presidency Says READ ALSO! Buhari Reacts To Boko Haram’s Threat To Kill Leah Sharibu READ ALSO! More Nigerians Getting Killed, Getting Poorer, Hungrier Under Buhari’s Incompetent Regime — PDP READ ALSO! More Nigerians Have Been Murdered In Attacks Since January More Than Entire 2017 — Amnesty International READ ALSO! 10million More Nigerians Have Been Lifted From Poverty Under Buhari — Presidency Says READ ALSO! More Nigerians Travelling Out Due To Economic Hardship, Over 500,000 Since 2016 READ ALSO! The Smart CEO: Top 5 Websites To Get Cheap Domain Name Registration READ ALSO! More Nigerians In Kano, Katsina Now Using Hard Drugs — Group Says READ ALSO! More Nigerians Dying Hourly From Tuberculosis, 18 Every Hour — WHO READ ALSO! Between GoDaddy And Namecheap: Making The Best Choice For Domain Name Registrar READ ALSO! Nigeria Couples: Now You Can Know If Your Partner Is Cheating On You; SEE 11 SURE Ways ]]>