Court Drops Criminal Charges Against Defendants In Melaye’s Assassination Saga

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A Kogi State High Court, on Tuesday, struck out the assassination case involving the Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria, Taofiq Isa, and four others for want of diligent prosecution.

Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West senatorial district, had in April 2017, approached the court alleging an assassination attempt on his life by Isa and four others.

Others standing trial alongside Isa are: Ade Obege, Abdullahi Isah, Michael Bamidele and Ahmed Ajayi.

But ruling on the matter, the trial judge, Fola Ajayi, regretted that despite four adjournments, the prosecution was not able to call their witnesses.

He, therefore, struck out the case for lack of diligent prosecution but gave a consequential order for the prosecution to start their case afresh whenever they are ready.

Speaking on behalf of defense counsels, Zakari Abbas commended the judge for the landmark judgment saying the judge, having listened to all parties, said that the petitioners were unwilling to present their witnesses.

Reacting to the ruling, Isa expressed joy and described the ruling as “an act of God,” saying that the judiciary still remains the hope of the common man.

He said he has forgiven those who accused him wrongly and called on all Okun sons and daughters to come together in the interest of the development of the area.

 

 


 

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