COURT SLAMS DINO’S PROSECUTORS FINE OF N100,000
An FCT High Court, on Tuesday, ordered the prosecution to pay N100, 000 for stalling trial of the Sen. Dino Malaye in alleged falsehood filed against him.
Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, is charged with two counts bordering on giving false information to the police. The Federal Government arraigned Melaye, alleging that he, sometime in April, 2017 deliberately gave false information to the police.
The judge, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck gave the order after the prosecution informed the court that their witnesses were not in court.
Goodluck held that by the provisions of Section 396 (4)(6) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015, parties are entitled to five adjournments and nothing more.
The judge said she was not pleased with the attitude of the prosecution in the matter, especially when the matter was placed on a fast track, day to day hearing and the defendant’s counsel comes from outside jurisdiction.
“A cost of N100, 000 is therefore awarded against the prosecution instead of N250, 000 prayed by the defendant’s counsel” she ordered.
The judge said the trial was slated for Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 and both dates of the trial are stalled for the failure of the prosecution to bring their witnesses to court.
Goodluck then adjourned the matter until Dec. 5, for a continuation of trial