Court adjourns Melaye’s case indefinitely over worsening health

Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Maitama, has adjourned indefinitely the trial of Senator Dino Melaye, due to his poor state of health.

Melaye is facing two-count charge of giving false information.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the judge had on Wednesday, adjourned the suit till May 17, and gave the defence counsel to take appropriate steps to explain the absence of the defendant in court.

In her ruling on Thursday on a motion for adjournment by Melaye’s counsel Mr. Ricky Tarfa (SAN), Justice Goodluck held that the prosecution did not doubt the health problem of the senator.

“From the gamut of the entire facts placed before the court, the prosecution did not controvert the fact that the defendant was in the National Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit,’’ she said.

The judge, therefore, adjourned the case sine die (indefinitely) pending the recovery of the senator from his illness.

Earlier, Tarfa, in an application to justify the senator’s absence, informed the court that his client was still lying critically ill at the National Hospital.

He tendered a medical report, signed by one Dr. Olaniran, Director of Medical Services at the National Hospital, Abuja, which confirmed that the lawmaker was being managed at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Tarfa urged the judge to consider the ill health of the lawmaker as a special circumstance that warranted his absence from trial.

He also urged the court to adjourn the trial pending the time his client would recuperate from the sickness, and be able to stand before the court to answer the two counts against him.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Magaji Labaran, urged the court to discountenance the exhibits attached to the defendant’s affidavit, as they did not meet the requirements of the law.

He added that the elements in the medical reports did not indicate that the defendant cannot come to court to stand trial.(NAN)

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