The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye has been charged by the Federal Government of Nigeria of giving false information to the police in April 2017 about an assassination attempt on his life.
Mr. Melaye was accused of falsely incriminating the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr. Edward David, in the purported assassination attempt.
The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation filed the charges, marked CR/106/18 before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on January 31, 2018.
In the first count, the Kogi West Senator was accused of deliberately giving false information to the police to frame Bello’s Chief of Staff as the mastermind of the assassination attempt on his life at his hometown in Ayetoro-Gbede, Kogi State last year.
The charges said the police discovered the alleged falsehood in Melaye’s claim while investigating the assassination allegation.
Melaye was accused in the second count of making false statement of facts in a phone conversation with Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, a son to the late former Governor of Kogi State, Abubakar Audu. It is alleged that the intention was to harm the reputation of David.
The offences were said to be punishable under sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963.