Dino Melaye in police net for lying, court grants 100k bail

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Sen. Dino Melaye has been arraigned for allegedly giving false information to the Police.

Melaye, representing Kogi West, was arraigned on Thursday following a two-count charge bordering on giving false information, offences he denied committing.

Justice Olasumbo Goodluck, granted him bail after listening to the submissions of his counsel, Mr Ricky Tarfa (SAN), and the prosecuting counsel, Mr Magaji Labaran.

The judge admitted him to bail in the sum of N100, 000, a surety in like sum, who must not be below grade level 14 in the Federal Civil Service.

In addition, the surety must show evidence of where he resides in the Federal Capital Territory.

Goodluck adjourned the case until May 16 and May 17 for commencement of trial.

In count one, the senator, was alleged to sometime in April 2017, deliberately gave false information to the Police to frame Gov. Bello’s Chief of Staff, Mr Edward Onoja.

He alleged that Onoja was the mastermind of the assassination attempt on him.

In the second count, Melaye was alleged to have given false statement of facts in a telephone conversation with Mr Mohammed Abubakar.

The offences contravened the provisions of Sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code.

In a more recent development, a Federal High Court in Abuja has granted N100, 000  bail to Senator Dino Melaye.

The presiding judge, Justice Olasunmbo Goodluck, ruled that a person is innocent until proven otherwise. She granted Dino bail on the grounds that the Federal government failed to provide evidence of persuading the court to deny bail.

The trial has been adjourned till May 16th and 17th.

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