Alleged assassination attempt: FG charges Melaye for false information
The federal government has charged Senator Dino Melaye to court – The Senator was accused of giving false information about an assassination attempt on his life – He was accused of making false statement of facts in order to frame Kogi state governor’s aide as the mastermind of the assassination attempt The federal government has dragged Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi East Senatorial District, to court and charged him with giving false information about an assassination attempt on his life to the police in April 2017. Senator Melaye was accused of falsely incriminating the chief of staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, Edward David, in the said assassination attempt, reports said. It was gathered that the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation filed the charges, marked CR/106/18 before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. In the first count, Melaye was accused of deliberately giving false information to the police to frame David as the mastermind of the assassination attempt on him at his hometown in Ayetoro-Gbede, Kogi state in April last year. According to the charges signed by Magaji Labaran, the police discovered the alleged falsehood in Melaye’s claim while investigating the senator’s assassination claim. In the second count, Melaye was accused of making a false statement of facts in a phone conversation with Mohammed Abubakar, a son to the late former governor of Kogi state, Abubakar Audu, with the intention of harming the reputation of David. The offences were said to be punishable under sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963. It was previously reported that Senator Melaye described as a joker a colleague who was reportedly behind an alleged plot to remove Senate president Bukola Saraki. In a tweet on Thursday, January 25, Melaye confirmed allegations that there was a deep plot to remove Saraki from the leadership of the upper house of the legislature. He tweeted: “The Nassarawa Senator plotting Saraki’s removal is a joker. No shaking! He used Saraki’s name to get off EFCC before,now his son again has been arraigned by EFCC he wants to play the same card. Agbaya! we dey wait. 98 senators are unwavering on Saraki.
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