Meanwhile, about 20 senators and some protesters besieged the main entrance to the court premises. stormed the trial court yesterday to show solidarity for Senator Melaye who belongs to the All Progressives Congress, APC, party.
Notably, most of the lawmakers that were in court and stayed till the end of the proceeding were of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Among the senators in attendance were Andy Uba, Philip Aduda, Murray Bruce, Mao Ohuabunwa, Tayo Alasoadura and Shehu Sani.
In a related development, a group of protesters besieged the main entrance to the court premises.
Some of the inscriptions on placards the protesters wielded, read: #IStandWithDino, If You Speak The Truth You Die, Who is Afraid of the Truth, among others.
Meantime, in count one of the charge, Melaye was accused of deliberately giving false information to the police to frame Governor Bello’s Chief of Staff as the mastermind of the assassination attempt on him at his hometown in Ayetoro-Gbede in Kogi State in April last year.
He was in the second count, accused of making false statement of facts in a phone conversation with Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, a son of the late former governor of Kogi State, Abubakar Audu, with the intention of tarnishing David’s reputation.
FG maintained that the offence allegedly committed by Melaye was punishable under sections 140 and 393 of the Peal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963.
The offence attracts a maximum of two years imprisonment with an option N40 upon conviction of the defendant.
Immediately the proceeding ended, jubilant Melaye told newsmen that he had prepared himself for the prison, even as he brought out some items, including toothpaste, tissue-paper and a bottle of Coca-Cola.
He said: “I came to the court prepared, I bought these items in case I am sent to prison after the arraignment”.
One of the charges read: “That you, Senator Dino Melaye, male, of the Senate, National Assembly, Three Arms Zone, Abuja, on or about the month of April 2017 at the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court in the cause of an investigation into the alleged assassination attempt on you, sometimes in April 2017, you gave information to the police stating that one Mr. Edward Onoja David (Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kogi State) did mastermind the attack with intent to convict him for the offence which statement you either knew or believe to be false and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 140 of the Penal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963.”