The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned the Kogi West Senator Dino Melaye before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on two counts of giving false information about an assassination attempt on his life to the Police in April 2017.
The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, represented by Shuaibu Labaran, accused Melaye of falsely incriminating the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr Edward Onoja David, in the said assassination attempt.
The prosecution counsel stated that he was served two applications dated January 22 and filed on January 30 by the police, which were accompanied by an affidavit of completion of investigation.
Mr. Labaran said he then filed a five-paragraph counter-affidavit which was deposed by Godwin Odubo, a litigation officer in the office of Director of Prosecution in Kogi State.
He asked for two clear dates to enable him present his witnesses for the trial.
“The witnesses are not ready because we have an expatriate (among them) and there are certain diplomatic process to be taken,” he said.
Melaye, who pleaded not guilty to the two counts filed against him, was accompanied to the FCT High Court in Maitama by at least 10 senators.
On his part, Rickey Tarfa, counsel to Melaye, informed of his application for bail.
“In line with section 35, 36 (5) of the 1999 constitution as amended and section 158, 163 of the ACJA act, this application is on the admittance for bail,” Tarfa said.
The judge granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000, with one surety.
Justice Goodluck ruled that the surety to be provided by the senator must be a federal civil servant of at least Grade Level 14 in any federal parastatal or establishment, who must also provide proof to be a resident of the Federal Capital Territory.
The matter was subsequently adjourned to May 16 and 17 for commencement of trial.