Police tender vehicles allegedly damaged by Dino Melaye as evidence in court

The Nigerian police on Friday tendered a vehicle allegedly damaged by Senator Dino Melaye before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Apo.

Melaye was accused of breaking the glass of the vehicle; a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number NEF3354D, with his elbow while being conveyed to Lokoja on April 24, 2018.

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Another Vehicle; a white Toyota Hilux with registration number MKA603GY was also tendered before the court.

Both exhibits were identified by the first prosecution witness, Dennis Agbi, an Assistant Superintendent in the Nigerian Police force.

Mr Agbi said in line with his duty as an exhibit keeper, he personally inspected the vehicles when they were brought to him.

“When the operatives came to inform me about the exhibits, I went out to physically inspect the two vehicles.

“My duty as an exhibit keeper is to receive exhibits, properly inspect them, register same and safe keep for the purpose of investigation and possible prosecution”
Upon inspection, the witness said he noticed the Toyota Hilux had a “broken front headlamp.”

The Toyota Hiace had a broken mirror at the right and the second-to-last window at the left side was broken.
Counsel to the prosecution, Jovi Ogoja appealed that the court (including the judge) be moved to inspect the vehicles which were parked within the court’s premises.

With no objection from the defence counsel, Justice Silvanus Oriji entered the vehicles as exhibits.

The case was adjourned to May 16 at the instance of the prosecution to enable them bring a document they seek to tender as evidence before the court.

The Kogi West senator was arraigned before Justice Silvanus Oriji on a six-count charge bordering on attempted suicide, attempt to escape from custody and damage of police property.

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