- A court in Abuja has discharged Senator Dino Melaye in a suit filed by the federal government
- Melaye was dragged before the court on a two-count charge which bordered on giving false information to the police
- The FCT High Court, however, cleared Melaye of the charges which were instituted by AGF, Abubakar Malami
A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, June 2 discharged Senator Dino Melaye in a suit filed by the federal government against the former lawmaker, over alleged false information.
Senator Melaye was dragged before the court on a two-count charge which bordered on giving false information to the Nigeria Police Force.
The FCT High Court, however, cleared Melaye of the charges which were instituted by the Attorney General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.
The former Kogi lawmaker has reacted to the court verdict via micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Melaye had been accused of deliberately accusing David Onoja of plotting to assassinate him in April 2017.
Onoja is the current governor of Kogi state and former chief of staff to the Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
The duo who are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress are arch-political rivals of Senator Melaye, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Melaye was accused of giving a false statement during a conversation with Mohammed Abubakar, son of Abubakar Audu, ex-Kogi governor.
In a two-count charge, the former lawmaker was accused of giving out false information with the intent of harming Onoja’s reputation.
The lawmaker, however, denied committing the offense punishable under Sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963
His counsel, Olusegun Jolaawo, SAN, had filed a no-case-submission when the prosecution closed their case.
Justice Olasumbo Goodluck, while delivering the judgement, held that “there was no evidence that the defendant gave false information to any person in public service.”
The judge described the evidence given by a government witness, who happens to be Onoja, as “vague and unreliable.”
Recall that in 2017, Senator Melaye survived an assassination attempt as his cars were riddled with bullet holes by unknown gunmen.
He was attacked in his hometown residence at Ayetoro-Gbede, Ijumu local government area of Kogi state.
In 2019, the Kogi state chapter of the PDP, alleged that there was a plot to assassinate Senator Melaye.
In a statement by the state spokesman of the party, Usman Okai, the party said the plan was to invade Melaye's home in an attempt to assassinate him.