- The Court of Appeal has dismissed Dino Melaye's suit challenging Senator Smart Adeyemi’s victory in the Kogi West election
- The ruling was delivered by a three-man panel of the Abuja division of the court
- The court affirmed the judgment of the Kogi state election petitions tribunal which previously upheld the victory of Adeyemi
Dino Melaye has lost his bid to return to the Senate after the Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal challenging Senator Smart Adeyemi’s victory in the Kogi West by-election.
The ruling, which was delivered by a three-man panel of the Abuja division of the court, affirmed the judgment of the Kogi state election petitions tribunal which previously upheld the election victory of Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congres (APC) The Nation reported.
The court also unanimously resolved all the seven issues considered in the case against Melaye and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The appellant court further awarded the cost of N50,000 against Melaye and in favour of Adeyemi.
In another news, the acquittal of former group managing director of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) holding company and Air Force commanding, training command, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mohammadu Mamu, has been reversed.
Mamu was acquitted and of the corruption charges preferred against him by Justice Salisu Garba of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), The Nation reports.
However, a three-man panel of the Court of Appeal in Abuja reversed the acquittal on Wednesday, July 15, convicted and sentenced Mamu to two years’ imprisonment in respect of one, out of the charges preferred by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The appellate court acquitted him on three other counts on the grounds that the prosecution failed to prove those counts. Mamu was convicted on count two, in which he was found to have “corruptly” accepted a gift of $300,000, through Kalli Fertilizer Company (a firm owned by his daughters) from Himma Abubakar, owner of Societe D’Equipment International Nig. Ltd (SEI Nig Ltd), a company engaged to supply military equipment to NAF, under Mamu’s supervision.
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