By Seun Opejobi.
A Kogi State High Court has struck out the assassination case involving the chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria, Taofiq Isa, instituted by Senator from the state, Dino Melaye.
Melaye, had on April 2017 approached the court over alleged assassination attempt on his life by Isa and four others.
Others charged along Isa include, Ade Obege, Abdullahi Isah, Michael Bamidele and Ahmed Ajayi.
However, the trial judge, Fola Ajayi struck out the matter for want of diligent prosecution.
Ajayi lamented that despite four adjournments, the prosecution was not able to call their witnesses.
Ruling on the matter, the trial judge held that the prosecution counsel could not open his case despite four adjournments, hence he struck out the matter.
Ajayi, however, gave a consequential order for the prosecution to start their case afresh whenever they are ready.
Reacting on behalf of the defense counsels, Zakari Abbas commended the trial judge for the judgement.
Abbas said, “Hence, the charge brought against the defendants have been struck out. As it stands, there is no criminal charges against the defendants.
“However, he gave a consequential order that whenever they are ready with their witnesses, they could approach the court to start their case afresh.”