An Abuja high court on Tuesday discharged senator Dino Melaye in the suit filed by the federal government over alleged false information.
Senator Melaye, who until recently represented Kogi West in the Senate, was dragged before the court on a two count charge bordering on alleged giving of false information to the Police.
Ruling on Senator Dino’s no case submission, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck held that the prosecution counsel failed to establish a prima facie case against him.
He was alleged to have, sometimes in April, 2017 deliberately given false information to the Police to incriminate the then Chief of Staff to Kogi State governor, Edward David Onoja.
Melaye allegedly gave the name of Onoja, now the deputy governor, as the mastermind of an assassination attempt on him.
Melaye was also alleged to have, in April, 2017, given false statement of facts in a phone conversation with Mohammed Abubakar, son of a late former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu.
The prosecution alleged that the phone call was with the intention of harming the reputation of Mister Onoja.
Melaye, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges, punishable under sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963.