Dino’s Case; Court Drops Charges Against Defendants

An assassination case involving the chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria, Taofiq Isa, and four others, have been struck out by the Kogi state high court on Tuesday, May 15, for want of diligent prosecution.The trial judge, Fola Ajayi, stated that despite four adjournments, witnesses could not be provided by the prosecution. In April 2017, Senator Dino Melaye approached the court and alleged that an assassination attempt on his life by Taofiq Isa and four others.

others standing trial alongside Isa are: Ade Obege, Abdullahi Isah, Michael Bamidele and Ahmed Ajayi. Ajayi gave a consequential order for the prosecution to start their case afresh whenever they are ready.

Zakari Abbas, who spoke on behalf of the counsels, commended the judge for the landmark judgment. He said: “Hence, the charge brought against the defendants have been struck out. As it stands, there is no criminal charges against the defendants. “However, he gave a consequential order that whenever they are ready with their witnesses, they could approach the court to start their case afresh.”

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