Again, Melaye Fails to Appear in Kogi Court


    Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja

    The Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in Kogi State, Dino Melaye thursday failed to appear for the second time before a Senior Magistrate Court 11 sitting in Lokoja, the state capital, to answer the charges against him and two others.

    The trial Magistrate, Sulyman Abdalah had at the last hearing fixed August 9 to commence trial following the complaints from Melaye that he was attacked on his way to Lokoja to honour police’s invitation.

    When the case came up thursday, Melaye’s lawyer, Yemi Mohammed who represented Mike Ozekhome (SAN), told the court that his client could not appear in court on health grounds.

    He presented a medical report to that effect, and was not opposed by the officer in charge of Legal at the Kogi State Police Command, Theophilus Oteme.

    However, the two other suspects charged along with Melaye – Kabir Seidu, aka Osama, and Nuhu Salihu aka “Smally” were in court.

    The two alleged accomplices however, applied for bail claiming to be suffering for a crime they knew nothing about.

    Consequently, the trial magistrate, Sulyman Abdalah adjourned till Agust 21 for hearing in the bail applications of the two alleged accomplices and adjourned to September 20 for hearing in the case of Melaye.