By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—The Federal Government, yesterday, docked Senator Dino Melaye before an Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama, over allegation that information he gave to the police about an assassination attempt on his life on 15 April 2017, was false.
The lawmaker, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, was in the two-count charge marked, CR/106/18, alleged to had falsely incriminated the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr. Edward Onoja David, in the said assassination attempt.
According to the charge dated January 31, 2018 and filed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, it was in the course of investigation that police discovered that Dino was attempting to frame up some persons with his claim.
Meanwhile, shortly after he pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge, Dino who entered the dock at 10:07am, through his lawyer, Mr. Ricky Tarfa, SAN, prayed the court to release him on bail, pending the hearing and determination of the case.
The embattled lawmaker told the court that he would be available to face his trial.
However, the Federal Government filed a five-paragraphed counter-affidavit in opposition to the bail application, insisting that Melaye “would not be found” if released on bail.
In her ruling, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck held that the Federal Government failed to adduce sufficient evidence capable of warranting the court to deny Melaye bail.
Consequently, the court granted Melaye bail to the tune of N100,000, even as he was ordered to produce a surety that must be a civil servant not below Grade level 14.