Kogi state governor’s aide, Edward Onoja, set to testify against Dino Melaye

The Federal Government on Tuesday presented the Chief of Staff to the governor of Kogi State, Mr Edward Onoja as a witness in the
ongoing trial of Senator Dino Melaye.

The Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye, was arraigned on a 2 count by the Federal Government on March 1 for allegedly giving false information against Mr Edward David Onoja.

When the matter was called at about 10:30 am, Chika Nnanna Who announced appearance for the prosecution, appealed to the court to stand down the matter for 30 minutes so as to enable the lead prosecuting counsel, Magaji Labaran meet up with the trial.

The defence counsel, Olusegun Jolaawo did not oppose the request for a stand down. In the absence of the prosecution’s lead counsel, the court reconvened after 30 minutes.

Shortly after the witness was called upon to give his testimony, the defence counsel, Mr Olusegun Jolaawo vehemently raised an opposition. According to him, the prosecution had failed to serve them with a written statement of the witness as part of the proof of evidence.

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The judge, Justice Olasunbo Goodluck, also noted that the copy of the said statement was also not included in the court’s copy of the proof of evidence. The judge, Justice Olasunbo Goodluck, also noted that the copy of the said statement was also not included in the court’s copy of the proof of evidence. Ms Nnana apologized for the failure of the prosecution to file and serve the processes.

The prosecution further asked for a 5 minutes stand down to enable her file the necessary documents. In response, Mr Jolaawo raised an objection stating that it would take more than five minutes to file an additional proof of evidence before the court and to serve the defence with a copy.

Left with no choice, Nnanna was then forced to ask the court for an adjournment Justice Goodluck frowned at the conduct of the prosecution.

She said “When you are taking a date for adjournment, it is expected that you would have filed your processes.
“Ordinarily this court does not grant adjournment for parties to go and file their process. The court will adjourn the matter for continuation of trial.”

The matter has been adjourned to December 5 for continuation.

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