FG Arraigns Senator Melaye Over False Information To Police

Trial commences May 16 and May 17



The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned Senator Dino Melaye before an Abuja High Court, for allegedly giving false information to the Police.

Melaye, representing Kogi West arraignment follows a two-count charge bordering on giving false information.

He pleaded not guilty to the two counts filed against him by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation on January 31, 2018.

The offences were said to be punishable under sections 140 and 393 of the Peal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963.

Justice Olasumbo Goodluck, granted him bail after listening to the submissions of his counsel, Mr Ricky Tarfa (SAN), and the prosecuting counsel, Mr Magaji Labaran.

The judge admitted him to bail in the sum of N100, 000, a surety in like sum, who must not be below grade level 14 in the Federal Civil Service.

In addition, the surety must show evidence of where he resides in the Federal Capital Territory.

Goodluck adjourned the case until May 16 and May 17 for commencement of trial.

In count one, the senator, was alleged to sometime in April 2017, deliberately gave false information to the Police to frame Governor Bello’s Chief of Staff, Mr Edward Onoja.

He alleged that Onoja was the mastermind of the assassination attempt on him.

In the second count, Melaye was alleged to have given false statement of facts in a telephone conversation with Mr Mohammed Abubakar.

Melaye was accompanied to the Thursday’s proceedings by about 11 senators.

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