The senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, senator Dino Melaye did not appear in court again today to answer charges bordering on gunrunning levied against him and two others. This makes it the second time the senator did not show up in court.
However, the two suspects charged alongside Mr. Melaye, Kabir Seidu, aka Osama; and Nuhu Salihu aka Smally were in court.
The trial magistrate, Sulyman Abdalah, had, at the last hearing, fixed Thursday, August 9, to commence trial following the complaints from Melaye that he was attacked on his way to Lokoja to honour an invitation from the Police.
When the case was called on Wednesday, his lawyer, Barrister Yemi Mohammed, who stood in for Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), told the court that his client could not be present in court on health grounds.
Mohammed presented a medical report to that effect, a move that was not opposed to by the legal representative of the Kogi State Police Command, Theophilus Oteme.
The two alleged accomplices, however, applied for bail, saying they have been suffering for a crime they know nothing about.
Abdalah then adjourned the case till August 21 for the bail applications of the two alleged accomplices and adjourned to September 20 for hearing in the case of Senator Dino Melaye.