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Lokoja Court Grants Senator Dino Melaye Bail [Updated]

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Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Mr. Dino Melaye has been granted bail.

Justice Nasiru Ajanah of Kogi State High Court, Lokoja, granted bail to Senator Melaye in the sum of N10 million based on his ‘health challenge”.

Senator Melaye will also present a surety in like sum.

Speaking about Melaye’s travails, legal luminary, Mr. Mike Ozekhome [SAN] few days ago on Sunrise TV said “Dino Melaye is one of the best senators we have ever had”.

COURT ORDERS DEFENCE LAWYER TO EXPLAIN MELAYE’S ABSENCE

In a related development, Justice Olasunbo Goodluck of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered Senator Melaye’s lawyers to, within 24 hours, explain the absence of the senator from court.

The embattled senator, who is still in Police custody, is grappling with multiple criminal charges proffered on him by the Nigerian police.

The court order comes on the heels of the Lokoja High Court which granted a bail application filed by Melaye.

Melaye’s absence from the Abuja court on Wednesday prevented the prosecution from opening its case in respect of the two counts of giving false information concerning an assassination attempt on his life to the Police in April 2017.

In the case, the senator was accused of deliberately giving false information to the Police to frame Mr. Edward Onoja David, the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Melaye had cited David as the mastermind of the alleged assassination attempt.

The Senator had alleged attempt on his life at his hometown in Ayetoro-Gbede in Kogi State.

Consequently, following investigations, the police had dragged Melaye to court, saying the claim is false.

The senator, on March 1, 2018, pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation on January 31, 2018.

He is facing two other charges, one of which bordered on gun-running, before a Magistrate’s Court in Lokoja, Kogi State.

The other set of charges filed before a Magistrate’s Court in Abuja included an attempted suicide, which he allegedly committed by jumping off a Police vehicle while under arrest.

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