Dino Melaye docked over false assassination claim, granted N100,000 bail

Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye was on Thursday arraigned in an FCT High Court, Maitama, for allegedly giving false information to the police.

Melaye, representing Kogi West, was docked on a two-count charge bordering on giving false information against Edward Onoja, an aide of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Melaye denies the charges.

In count one, the senator is alleged to sometime in April 2017, deliberately gave false information to the Police to frame Gov. 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 is alleged to have given false statement of facts in a telephone conversation with Mr Mohammed Abubakar.

The offences contravened the provisions of Sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code.

Justice Olasumbo Goodluck granted Melaye 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.

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