- A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court grants Senator Dino Melaye bail again as he faces arraignment on a nine-count charge
- The court holds that the bail granted the senator is to make it easier for him to face his trial since he is innocent until proven otherwise by the court
- Justice Yusuf Halilu warns Melaye not to say anything about the matter to the media since it is still pending in court
The high court sitting in Maitama, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and presided over by Justice Yusuf Halilu has again granted bail to Dino Melaye, a senator, earlier arraigned on a nine-count charge of trying to evade arrest.
Melaye, who represents Kogi West at the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly, is facing issues of alleged conspiracy, resistance to arrest, failure to honour police invitation and intentionally giving false information to the public.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the senator’s application was filed by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), his lawyer.
In his ruling, Justice Halilu, who presided over the case, said that the essence of bail could not be overemphasized, saying that it was meant to make a defendant to stand for trial.
The judge held that in granting a defendant bail, the court has to consider issues like the nature of the charge and the antecedent of the bail applicant.
While upholding the earlier bail granted to Melaye on January 18, the judge further held that the constitution presumes that a defendant is innocent until he is found guilty by the court.
The court, however, warned that Melaye should not leave the shores of the country without a written application to the court.
The court further ruled that the refusal of the police to release the senator after being granted bail is an issue of serious concern stressing that the relief to the senator was to ensure that whoever charged was not allowed to suffer while his trail was going on.
The judge noted that the police and the judiciary are partners in criminal administration in the country.
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He then asked Ozekhome to warn Melaye not to make any comment on the matter before the court in any media.
“This is the only country where people make very unguarded comment on matters that are sub-judice,” the judge said before adjourning the case until February 25, for commencement of trial.
Legit.ng earlier reported that an order by a Federal Capital Territory high court for the release of Senator Dino Melaye (representing Kogi west senatorial district) on bail was allegedly ignored by the Nigeria Police Force.
The report noted that the police on Monday, January 20, filed fresh nine charges against the senator with the fresh charges dated January 14, 2019, jointly signed by Kehinde Oluwole, Malik Taiwo and Seyi Otunla, all of the force legal office, Abuja.
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