The Kogi State high court sitting in Lokoja, yesterday, granted embattled Senator Dino Melaye a N10 million bail on health ground.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, while ruling on the bail application filed by the leading counsel to Senator Melaye, who is the third defendant in the case, said the court was convinced based on the evidence before it that the third defendant was actually sick.
Ajanah, who is equally the Kogi State Chief Judge, said the third defendant was still innocent until proven otherwise by a competent judge.
The trial judge equally nullified a counter motion filed in by the prosecution leading counsel, Mr. Alex Izinyon, seeking the court not to grant the third defendant bail, alluding the fact that the embattled Senator would jump and jeopardize the entire case.
But Justice Ajanah, in his ruling, held that the prosecution has failed to prove that the third defendant has the antecedent of jumping bail or involved in gun running.
He therefore granted the bail application of N10 million and any individual who can stand as a guarantor. Lead counsel to the third defendant, Chief Mike Ozekhome, while reacting to the ruling, commended Justice Ajanah for once again proving that the Judiciary still remained the last hope of common man and woman.
“The Judiciary is blind folded. It cannot see or hear any voice of intimidation and oppression from any one no matter how highly placed you are.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government yesterday asked an Abuja High Court to revoke the bail it granted to Melaye in an alleged false assassination information case before the court. The government premised its application on the absence of the embattled lawmaker in court for the commencement of hearing on a two-count criminal charge the office of the Attorney General of the Federation preferred against him.
The government had arraigned Melaye on March 1, over allegation that information he gave to the Nigerian Police Force about an assassination attempt on his life on 15 April 2017, was false.
He was in the charge marked CR/106/18, alleged to have falsely incriminated the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr. Edward Onoja David, in the said assassination attempt. When the matter came up yesterday, counsel to the government, Labaran Shuaibu, applied for Melaye’s bail to be revoked since he was not in court for his trial.
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