The administrator of Ijumu council area in Kogi state, Taofiq Isa, and four others went on trial on Thursday over allegations of attempted assassination of Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West).
The four others arraigned alongside Isa on five counts of conspiracy to commit murder are Ade Obege, Abdullahi Isah, Michael Bamidele and Ahmed Ajayi.
As hearing started, the court granted leave for the prosecution to amend the charges to enable changes in proof of evidence and its witness list.
A prosecution witness in evidence told the court how four men invaded the vicinity of Melaye’s residence in Ayetoro Gbede, Ijumu local government area at about 12.30am on April 15, 2017.
He said there was shooting which lasted several minutes and after the attack, the gate and two windows of the building were destroyed.
A second prosecution witness, a superintendent of police charge of general investigation, narrated to the court the event that led to the arrest of the accused persons.
She said 26 expended bullets, shells of 7.26 mm, 9mm ammunition and 13 expended cartridges were recovered from the compound of the senator.
She added that the team executed a search warrant on the residence of the local government administrator with nothing incriminating found in the house.
Otuku, however, said the team met the fourth defendant, Ahmed Ajayi, who claimed to be the vigilante attached to the administrator at the gate of the house and was arrested with a single barrel gun and five rounds of live cartridges.
The witness also said a Honda CRV packed in front of Isa was also searched and another single barrel gun and 10 rounds of live cartridges recovered from the car.
The presiding judge adjourned further hearing on the suit till Friday, June 9, for prosecution to close his case.topics from