Bayo Oyewale, Lokoja
A Lokoja High Court has struck out the assassination case against Alhaji Taofiq Isa the Administrator of Ijumu local government area and four others for want of diligent prosecution.
The trial Judge in his ruling, the trial judge Fola Ajayi noted with regrets that the prosecution counsel could not open its case despite four adjournments to enable them put their house in order.
He therefore struck out the case for lack of diligent prosecution and gave a consequential order that the prosecution could start their case afresh when ever they are ready.
It would be recalled that precisely a year ago , Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial district had approached the court alleging an assassination attempt on his life by Taofiq Isa and four others: Ade Obege, Abdullahi Isah, Michael Bamidele and Ahmed Ajayi.
Speaking on behalf of the defence counsel, Zakari Abbas commended the trial judge for the landmark judgement.
He said the judge haven listened to all parties, the petitioners were unwilling to present their witnesses, came to the conclution that the prosecution has not diligently pursued their case.
“Hence the charge brought against the defendants have been struck out. As it stands there is no criminal charges against the defendants.
“However the judge gave a consequential order that whenever they are ready with their witness, they could approach the court to start their case afresh.
While reacting to the ruling, Alhaji Taofiq Isa expressed joy and described the ruling as an act of God, saying that the Judiciary still remain the hope of the common man.
Isa who the administrator of Ijumu Local and State ALGON Chairman said he has forgiven those who had accused him wrongly, urging all Okun sons and daughters to come together in the interest of the development of the area.