The absence of Justice Yusuf Halilu of an FCT High Court, Maitama, on Monday, stalled the trial of Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West.
Concise News learned that the judge was absent due to his official engagement on election tribunal duty in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria.
Melaye was on 22 January arraigned by the Inspector-General of Police before Justice Halilu on eight-count charge bordering on alleged conspiracy, resistance to arrest, failure to honour police invitation and intentionally giving false information to the public.
The police had alleged that the senator conspired with one Silas Omenka on December 28,2018 to commit an offence of illegal obstruction to lawful arrest, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 97 of the Penal Code.
Melaye was said to have intentionally resisted lawful arrest, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 172 of the Penal Code.
The senator, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him by the police.
Melaye’s case was fixed for June 17.