The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has written a letter to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, demanding the immediate resumption of the trial of Dino Melaye which was adjourned indefinitely to enable him attend to his failing health.
The letter, dated June 4, 2015 and titled ‘Re: Charge No. CR/106/18: FRN V Senator Dino Melaye; Request for a date for trial’, was sent to the Chief Registrar following Melaye’s resumption of legislative duties at the Senate on May 30th.
Recall that on May 17th, Justice Olasunbo Goodluck had adjourned the case indefinitely, pending Melaye’s discharge from the Intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital in Abuja, where he was then admitted as a result of injuries he sustained after jumping out of a moving vehicle when he was arrested by the Police.
The letter from the Minister which was signed by Shuaibu Labaran, the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation on behalf of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation”, reads in part
“My lord, following his removal from the ICU, discharged from the National Hospital, Abuja and his subsequent resumption of duty at the National Assembly precisely on May 30 and 31, we humbly apply for a date for the prosecution to open its case in line with the ruling of this honourable court cited above and hearing notices served accordingly”.