Court rubbishes Melaye’s assassination case for lack of diligence

The assassination case involving Alhaji Taofiq Isa the Administrator of Ijumu local government area and four others has been discarded by the Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja for want of diligent prosecution.

The police on Tuesday had charged Taofiq Isa and four others; Ade Obege, Abdullahi Isah, Michael Bamidele and Ahmed Ajayi to court over their alleged involvement in the assassination attempt on the life of Senator Dino Melaye at his Ayetoro Gbede country home on April 15, 2017.

But ruling on the matter yesterday, the trial judge, Justice Fola Ajayi explained that the prosecution could not open its case despite four adjournments to enable them put their house in order.

He therefore struck out the case for lack of diligent prosecution and gave a consequential order that the prosecution could start their case afresh whenever they are ready.

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