Senator Dino Melaye

The Federal Capital Territory High court sitting in Maitama on Thursday adjourned indefinitely the trial of Senator Dino Melaye on the basis of his medical condition.

Melaye, who is being prosecuted in Abuja and Lokoja is accused of damaging government property, and an attempt to take his own life after he attempted to jump out of a moving police vehicle.

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The senator is also accused of providing false information to police and supplying arms to thugs in Lokoja.

The event leading to the adjournment started when Olasunbo Goodluck, the presiding judge asked for an explanation from the defense lawyer, Rickey Tarfa why Melaye was not in court.

Tarfa was said to have provided a medical report which stated that Melaye was in critical condition and under intensive care from the National Hospital, Abuja.

On his part, Shuaibu Labaran, the prosecuting attorney was reported to have questioned the admissibility of the medical report.

He was reported to have argued that the medical report signed by a doctor, identified as Olaomi OO was not obtained directly from lawyers in the matter before the court.

However, the court held that the medical report was admissible and could be considered by the court and consequently adjourned the matter indefinitely.

“This court is of the view that it can adjourn this matter sine-die until the medical conditions of the defendant is reported to have improved,” the court ruled.