Dino Melaye’s absence stalls trial

Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye was on Monday, January 14, 2019, absent from the Federal High Court in Maitama, where he is being tried for allegedly giving false information to the Nigerian police about an assassination attempt on his life in April 2017.
Melaye had accused Edward Onoja, the chief of staff to Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello of sending assassins to eliminate him.

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When the case was called, police counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, informed the court that although the case was scheduled for continuation hearing, the defendant was not in court. He said Melaye’s counsel had just informed him about the circumstances surrounding his (Melaye) absence.
“My lord, the case is for continuation of hearing for the prosecution. The defendant counsel approached us this morning explaining the circumstance for which his client could not be in court,” he said.

“Craving my indulgence since we have two dates for the hearing of this case, we have no problem, we agree to the proposal and if the defence counsels us that he would be here on the same date.”

The defence counsel, Olusegun Jolaawo said “ we did inform the counsel that our client could not be able to be here because he is on remand. we went an extra mile to get a copy of the order given by Justice Halilu on the 9th of January, 2019, which ordered that the defendant is remanded in custody for the initial 14 days. we approached the prosecution counsel for an adjournment since the hearing is for two days and they obliged us”

After listening to both counsels, the presiding judge, justice Olasunmbo Goodluck adjourned the matter to January 28, 2019, for continuation of hearing.

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