Dino Melaye gets bail

High Court sitting in Lokoja, Kogi
State, has granted bail to Senator Dino
Melaye, who has been standing trial over
alleged illegal possession and dealing in
firearms along with two others.
The trial judge and chief judge of the
state, Justice Nasir Ajanah granted the bail
on Wednesday based on the application
filed on behalf of the senator by his counsel,
Chief Mike Ozekhome, in Lokoja. It
was gathered that Ajanah premised his
decision on the health condition of the
embattled senator representing Kogi West
senatorial district. Justice Ajanah in his
ruling declared that from the documentary
evidence proffered in the case, there was
no doubt that the third defendant, Melaye,
was suffering from some kind of ailment.
“In addition to the asthma which the
third defendant has alleged to be suffering
from, the last medical examination shows
him to have 2hatbis referred to as ‘soft tissue
trauma and stress related hypertension.
“I consider this health situation to be
a special circumstance entitling the third
defendant to the discretion of this court in
admitting him to bail,” he ruled.
Justice Ajanah said, “In the
circumstance of this case and in the light
of the documentary evidence and the
state of health of the third defendant, I am
convinced that he is not likely to evade his
trial.
“I believe that at this stage in which it
is shown from the nature of the charges
that the prosecution has concluded their
investigation, attention should be paid
more to the expeditious prosecution of the
main case. “I do therefore hereby grant
bail to the third defendant in the sum of
N10,000,000 and one surety in like sum.
“The surety must be a person of means
and shall so depose to an affidavit of
means with verifiable address,” the judge
declared. It would be recalled that in the bail
application numbered HCL/156M/2018,
Melaye sought a declaration that he was
arraigned on a stretcher before the Lokoja
Senior Magistrate Court.
In a similar development, the High
Court sitting in Lokoja had on Tuesday
struck out for want of diligent prosecution,
the case of alleged assassination attempt
on Senator Melaye. The trial judge, Justice
Fola Ajayi struck out the case, saying that
his decision was premised on the fact that
the prosecution had failed to open its case
in spite of four adjournments. Justice Ajayi
said that the failure of the prosecution to
open its case left him with no choice but to
strike out the case in the circumstance.
However, he gave a consequential order
that the prosecution could start its case
afresh whenever it deemed it necessary to
do so. It was gathered that the judge was
particularly annoyed by the prosecution
when they continued to insist that the case
file was not available to them but with the
lead counsel, ACP Lough Simon who was
absent on account of the death of his father.
Explaining, Ajayi said that the prosecution
had presented same excuse on four
previous adjournments, which he granted
them and 45-minute stand down to enable
the prosecuting officer to get the case file,
but failed.
It was learnt that the defendants, Alhaji
Taofiq Isa, Kogi chairman of the Association
of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON,
and Ade Obege, Abdullahi Isah, Michael
Bamidele and Ahmed Ajayi were standing
trial for alleged conspiracy to murder the
senator.

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Author: Nigerian Pilot