The Nigeria Police Force has filed a charge against Senator Dino Melaye for alleged illegal weapons possession.
In the charge, which has been filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the police said a pump-action gun was recovered from the house of the embattled senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in July last year during a search of his property in Kogi State.
The charge, marked, FHC/ABJ/CR/07/2019, stated that the offence contravened Section 27 of the Firearms Act.
The charge sheet reads, “That you, Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West district in the 8th National Assembly, on or about the 20th day of July 2018, at about 12.30 hours under the jurisdiction of this honourable court, unlawfully had in your possession one automatic pump-action shotgun and 20 cartridges, which were recovered at your residence located in the Ayetoro Gbede area of Kogi State, when a search warrant was executed on the directives of the Nigeria Police Force at your above mentioned residence under your control and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
Eight persons, including six policemen and two men who were painting Melaye’s house when the policemen came to search the property are listed as witnesses for the case. These are DSP Babagana Bukar, DSP Ibrahim Abalaka, ASP Abdullahi Musa, Inspector Atabo Okpanachi, Inspector Apeh Peter, ASP Mohammed Onu, Theophilus Nuhu and Matthew Anthony.
The statements by all the witnesses, which are attached to the charge sheet stated that the gun was found not in the main building but the ‘boys’ quarters’ where cars were parked.
The statement by Theophilus Nuhu, one of the two painters, stated,
“On July 24, 2018, my master, Peter, brought one Matthew Anthony and myself from Kaduna State to Kogi for painting work in which he took us to one Senator Dino Melaye’s house at Ayetoro, Gbede area of Kogi State.
“While we were doing the painting, policemen, comprising MOPOL, SARS and SCID, came in and met us in the compound and they told me they wanted to conduct a search in the compound and they started to search the compound.
“Within and around the boys’ quarters building, where some cars were parked, under the flower, a gun was observed therewith many bullets but I do not know who put the gun there.” fffffff