Dino Melaye’s absence in court docket on Monday stalled his trial within the ongoing alleged false data case earlier than Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of an Abuja Federal Excessive Court docket.
Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West within the Nationwide Meeting, is dealing with two counts bordering on giving false data to the Police. The Prosecuting Counsel, Shuaib Labaran, had arraigned Melaye, alleging that the defendant had, someday in April, 2017, intentionally given false data to the Police.
Labaran alleged that Melaye had intentionally volunteered data that incriminated David Onoja, Chief of Employees to the Kogi State Governor, because the mastermind of an assassination try on him. The prosecution counsel additional alleged that Melaye had, in April 2017, given false assertion of information throughout a telephone dialog with Mohammed Abubakar, son of the late former governor of Kogi State, Abubakar Audu.
The senator, nevertheless, denied committing the offence, which contravened sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code Regulation, Cap. 89, Legal guidelines of Northern Nigeria, 1963. On resumption of listening to at present, Labaran informed the court docket that Melaye was absent from court docket, however that his counsel, MOlusegun Jolaawo, had defined the circumstances of his absence to him.
The prosecuting counsel knowledgeable the court docket that Jolaawo had appealed to him to conform to his request for adjournment because the court docket had initially given two totally different days for continuation of listening to within the case. Labaran then knowledgeable the court docket that he was not against the defendant’s counsel’s request for an adjournment.
Jolaawo knowledgeable the court docket that Melaye was absent in court docket as a result of he was in custody of the Police, “as a result of the court docket doesn’t take to hypothesis, the defence workforce had obtained an authorized copy order of the FCT Excessive Court docket by Justice Yusuf Halilu on January 9, ordering the remand of the senator in Police custody.’’
He stated the defence workforce had tendered earlier than the court docket, a filed utility for enforcement of Melaye’s proper, filed by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) earlier than Halilu. The counsel knowledgeable the court docket the date the remand order would expire, which consequently made Justice Goodluck to adjourned the case till January 28 for continuation of listening to.