Assassination Attempt on Melaye; Court Adjourns Suit to November 7


Hearing on the case of alleged assassination attempt that was brought by Senator Dino Melaye has been adjourned to November 7th by the State High Court in Lokoja for continuation.


The adjournment, the trial judge said, was for the Defense counsel to present its witnesses to prove the matter.


Senator Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, had told the court sitting in the Kogi State capital in May that gunmen suspected to be from Hon Taofiq Isa, had attempted on his life at his Aiyetoro-Gbede home .


Hon Isa who denied the allegation before the court then told the judge that he was innocent, saying that the case was politically motivated.


Testimonies of the prosecuting witnesses were heard by Justice Arome Akogu on Thursday when the court resumed sitting on the matter.


The Defense Counsel, Muhizudeen Abdullahi, objected to the admissibility of one of the documents presented by one of the witnesses because the statement was recorded in vernacular, an argument that was opposed to by Counsel to Sen Dino, Simon Lough, urging the court to admit the document.


Lough argued that the documents were admissible as the case cited by the defense in their argument does not apply in the case at hand.


In his ruling on the matter, the trial judge overruled objection to the admissibility of the document and accepted it in evidence.


Also admitted in evidence was an Ambulance with registration number UP/STS/125/2017, belonging to the General Hospital, Iyara; that was allegedly used for the supposed operation.


The case was therefore adjourned to November 7th for continuation of hearing.

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