A Senior Magistrate’s Court in Kogi has adjourned the trial of Dino Melaye, a senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, and two others in the case illegal possession of firearms and arms dealing, until August 9, 2018.
Sulyman Abdullah, a senior magistrate adjourned the case on Thursday, July 26, 2018, for commencement of trial as the prosecution could not open its case due to absence of its lead counsel, Alex Izinyon.
Theophilus Oteme, the Officer in Charge of legal department of Kogi command of the Nigeria Police, told the court that the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr Izinyon had an emergency call on Wednesday that made it impossible for him to appear in court on Thursday.
Oteme therefore applied for an adjournment until September 23 for the commencement of trial in view of the absence of the lead prosecutor more so that one of the defendants (Melaye) was not in court.
However, the lead counsel to Mr. Melaye, Mike Ozekhome, represented by Yemi Mohammed, told the court that he had on good authority that Melaye was attacked in Gwagwalada on his way to Lokoja.
“I learnt that he was attacked in Gwagwalada on his way to Lokoja to attend his trial and up till now, I have not been able to reach him, I don’t know where he is at the moment,’’ he said.
In his ruling, Mr Abdullah turned down the application by the prosecution for a long adjournment to September 23, 2018.
He said that the Kogi State Administration of Criminal Justice Law did not allow for an adjournment beyond two weeks in a criminal case.
The Senior Magistrate, therefore, adjourned the case until August 9, 2018, and ordered that the bail earlier granted to Melaye continued.
Abdullah, however, ruled that the other two accused persons, Nuhu Salihu, known as “small’’ and Kabiru Seidu also known as “Osama’’, standing trial on a seven-count charge bordering on illegal possession of firearms and arms dealing, should continue with their remand in police custody.