Assassination attempt: Dino Melaye gave false information to implicate me -Onoja

Chief of staff to the executive governor of Kogi state, Edward Onoja has told the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama that Senator Dino Melaye gave false information to the Nigerian Police regarding an assassination attempt, so as to implicate him (Onoja) in criminal activities.

Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi west senatorial district, is facing a two-count charge for allegedly giving false information to the police in relation to claim on April 17 of an attempt on his life.

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According to Melaye, Mr Onoja had sent the assassins to eliminate him, but testifying the first prosecution witness on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Onaja said he first found out about Melaye’s claims online.
“I got to know about the allegations against me in a publication in an online medium, Sahara Reporters, by my personal assistant. The defendant accused me of criminal activities, including gunrunning, assassination attempt and orchestrating a grand plan to bring the government I serve to its knees.”
“It came to me as a shock. I consulted with my Family, friends and lawyers as to the next step I should take. I was told to report the matter to the Nigerian Police. I reported to the Commissioner of Police, Kogi state.”
Under cross-examination by the defence counsel, Olusegun
Jolaawo, Mr Onoja said although he was in a different faction within the same political party (APC) with the defendant, there was no feud between them.
Onoja further explained that he was in his village at Olamaboro Local Government Area on the day of the alleged assassination attempt.  He said he knew that indigenes under Melaye’s senatorial district were unhappy with his representation and that they were rooting to recall him from the Senate.

After testifying, Jolaawo prayed the court to adjourn the case to a later date to enable him obtain certified copies of certain document with which to confront the witness.
Counsel to the federal government, Mr Magaji Labaran urged the court to disallow the application for adjournment, stating that it was a deliberate attempt to stall the trial.

Trial judge, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck adjourned the case to January 14, 2018. However, she frowned at the request for adjournment and ordered the defence to get all necessary documents ready before the next adjourned date.

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