OrderPaperToday – The Federal Government is set to arraign Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi) before the FCT High Court, Abuja on two counts of giving false information to the Police in April 2017, concerning an assassination attempt on his life.
The office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) filed the Charge, CR/106/18, last month.
In the charge, Senator Melaye is accused of falsely implicating the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Edward Onoja David, which is in violation of sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963.
Additionally, he is accused of giving false information to the police in order to frame the Chief of Staff as the architect of the assassination attempt at his hometown in Ayetoro-Gbede, in Kogi State.
The police discovered the discrepancies in Melaye’s claim during the course of investigating the Senator’s claim.
The first charge reads: “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.”
Separately, Melaye is accused of making false statements of facts in a phone chat where he was said to have confessed to Abubakar, son of a former Kogi State Governor, Abubakar Audu, on how he framed Edward Onoja David in the assassination attempt.
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Author: Damilola Zebulun Adeniran