The Week In Photos: Metuh’s Cross, COVID-19 In Lagos And Ighalo’s Moment

A combination of the best photos of the week ending February 28, 2020.
A combination of the best photos of the week ending February 28, 2020.

 

What were the best news photos you came across this week? Here are our picks, ranging from the trial of former People’s Democratic Party spokesman, Olisa Metuh, the announcement of the first COVID-19 patient in Nigeria and the very rare moment Odion Ighalo scored a goal for Manchester United.

 

 

A fire fighter cool off his head after battling fire that gutted a petrol station along Kubwa Expressway in Abuja on Wednesday 26th February, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
A firefighter cools off his head after battling an inferno that gutted a petrol station along Kubwa Expressway in Abuja on Wednesday 26th February 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Fire fighters battling fire that gutted a petrol station along Kubwa Expressway in Abuja on Wednesday 26th February, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
Firefighters battling the inferno that gutted a petrol station along Kubwa Expressway in Abuja on Wednesday 26th February, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Former PDP spokesman, Mr Olisa Metuh stand inside a dock at the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 25, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
Former PDP spokesman, Mr Olisa Metuh stands inside a dock at the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 25, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Metuh being taken to the Nigeria Correction Service after a judgement was passed on his case on February the 25th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV
Metuh being taken to the Nigeria Correction Service after a judgement was passed on his case on February the 25th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV

 

 

A police truck is stationed at the entrance of Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja during the review of Bayelsa APC's governorship candidate David Lyon over the Bayelsa Election. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
A police truck is stationed at the entrance of Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja during the review of Bayelsa APC’s governorship candidate David Lyon over the Bayelsa Election. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Men of the Nigeria Correction Service departs the Federal High Court in Abuja as they convey convicts to the Kuje Prison in Abuja. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
Men of the Nigeria Correction Service departs the Federal High Court in Abuja as they convey convicts to the Kuje Prison in Abuja on February 25, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, display the image of the corona virus (covid-19) at a press conference in Abuja on the confirmed case of coronavirus on February 28, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, display the image of the corona virus (covid-19) at a press conference in Abuja on the confirmed case of coronavirus on February 28, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV

 

 

A soldier checks the body temperature of a visitor to the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital at Yaba in Lagos, on February 28, 2020. - Nigeria reported the first new coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa on February 28, 2020 and a major global auto show was cancelled in a bid to stop contagion, as the deadly epidemic sent global stock markets and oil prices plunging. Photo: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP
A soldier checks the body temperature of a visitor to the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital at Yaba in Lagos, on February 28, 2020. Photo: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

 

A Reverend sister marks faithful with ash as Catholics mark the beginning of the Lenten season wearing black to show grievances at the rate of security challenges in Nigeria. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
A Reverend sister marks faithful with ash as Catholics mark the beginning of the Lenten season wearing black to show grievances at the rate of security challenges in Nigeria. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

An aerial view of catholics as they mark the beginning of the Lenten season wearing black to show grievances at the rate of security challenges in Nigeria. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
An aerial view of catholics as they mark the beginning of the Lenten season wearing black to show grievances at the rate of security challenges in Nigeria. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Disappointed subscribers of the nationwide Workers Housing Scheme on Monday, February 24, 2020, stormed the headquarters of the NLC, Abuja in protest over FG Nationwide Workers Housing scheme they see as fraud. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
Disappointed subscribers of the nationwide Workers Housing Scheme on Monday, February 24, 2020, stormed the headquarters of the NLC, Abuja in protest over FG Nationwide Workers Housing scheme they see as fraud. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Disappointed subscribers of the nationwide Workers’ Housing Scheme on Monday, February 24, 2020, stormed the headquarters of the NLC, Abuja in protest over FG Nationwide Workers Housing scheme they see as fraud. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
The disappointed subscribers hold up banners. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Demonstrators clash with the police during a protest against Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's government in Vina del Mar, on February 23, 2020, during the Vina del Mar Music Festival. (Photo by Martin BERNETTI / AFP)
Demonstrators clash with the police during a protest against Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s government in Vina del Mar, on February 23, 2020, during the Vina del Mar Music Festival. (Photo by Martin BERNETTI / AFP)

 

 

A couple of revellers enjoy the mud during the "Bloco da Lama", a mud carnival party, in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on February 22, 2020. - "Bloco da Lama" started in 1986 with teenagers playing with mud and became a traditional event at the historical city of Paraty. Photo by DANIEL RAMALHO / AFP
A couple of revellers enjoy the mud during the “Bloco da Lama”, a mud carnival party, in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on February 22, 2020. – “Bloco da Lama” started in 1986 with teenagers playing with mud and became a traditional event at the historical city of Paraty. Photo by DANIEL RAMALHO / AFP

 

 

Manchester United's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo (R) scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 27, 2020. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP
Manchester United’s Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo (R) scores his team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on February 27, 2020. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP

Olisa Metuh Ready To Return 400 Million Naira

Metuh, Olisa MetuhThe embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has restated his readiness to refund the entire N400 million paid to him by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for publicity prior to the 2015 Presidential election.

Metuh, whose position was made known in a statement by his counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu said he was willing to refund the entire N400 million regardless of the fact that the money had already been expended on the directive of the former President and that the EFCC had already recovered part of the fund from a prosecution witness.

The counsel confirmed that the defence team had been in talks with the Ministry of Justice, the EFCC and other necessary bodies on how to refund the money and resolve the issue.

Ikpeazu said that it has become obvious from the evidence of prosecution and defence witnesses that at the time the money was released to Metuh after his presentation to the ex-President, he had no knowledge of the source.

He, however, had every cause to believe that the money was from the ex-President to whom he made presentation, received directives and rendered report and accounts accordingly.

Ikpeazu said refunding the entire sum is in line with Metuh’s support for the ongoing war against corruption in the country and that his client is more of a victim of circumstance.

He pledged his client’s support for the anti-corruption war of the federal government.

Court Dismisses Metuh’s Application To Travel

MetuhThe Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by the former National Publicity Secretary, People Democratic Party, Mr Olisa Metuh, asking for the release of his International Passport to enable him travel abroad for medical treatments for a spinal cord aliment.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, while dismissing the application, held that he was concerned that Mr Metuh would abscond and not be available to conclude his trial if he was allowed to travel abroad.

Justice Abang further held that Mr Metuh cannot pretend not to be aware of the existing order of the court on his International Passport.

According to him, Metuh’s application amounted to asking to reverse its earlier order that allowed him to be on bail, since his passport form one of his bail conditions.

He added that a bail condition could only be varied when an accused person has not been able to set the conditions.

He noted that while he was not in a position to question the opinion of the doctor at the National Hospital, Abuja, there was no reasonable evidence from Metuh to prove that no Nigerian hospital was capable of treating him of the spinal cord related illness.

Justice Abang consequently dismissed Metuh’s application for lack of merit and on the ground that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the application since there was a subsisting order of the court asking him to deposit such documents with the Court Registrar.

Metuh had on May 16, applied to the court through his Counsel, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), asking it to return his travel document to enable him travel abroad for five weeks to access medication for a spinal cord related illness.

Court Stalls Olisa Metuh’s Trial

MetuhThe trial of National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, has been stalled following his application to seek medical treatment.

Trial Judge, Okon Abang adjourned the corruption case against Mr Metuh to May 17 and 18 due to an oral application made by his counsel to the effect that his client came from a hospital bed to honour the court date.

Mr Metuh had opened his defence at a Federal High Court in Abuja, where he called his first witness in the case.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had earlier in April dismissed an application filed by Mr Metuh seeking an end to the hearing of the suit in the court.

He had alleged in his application that the presiding judge was a classmate of his, stressing that he knew him well and was therefore, ill-disposed to deliver justice on the matter.

However, in a response to the allegation, Justice Okon Abang said that he did not know Mr Metuh and had not met him before now, a position that prompted the court to dismiss his application as an abuse of court process.

 

Judge Hands Off Former Interior Minister, Abba Moro’s Case

abba moroThe trial of former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro has suffered a setback as the judge handling the case has taken his hands off the matter.

At the resumed trial in Abuja, Justice Anwuli Chikere, who has been handling the case said she is returning the case file of Mr Moro to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for reassignment on personal reasons.

The former Minister of Interior is standing trial for allegedly defrauding immigration applicants of over N670 million.

In a related development, the trial of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, was also stalled following his application to seek medical treatment.

Trial Judge, Okon Abang adjourned the corruption case against Mr Metuh to May 17 and 18 due to an oral application made by his counsel to the effect that his client came from a hospital bed to honour the court date.

Metuh’s Appeal Hearing Adjourned To May 5

metuhThe hearing of an appeal filed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Olisa Metuh, has been adjourned to May 5.

The adjournment was to enable the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Sylvanus Tahir, to file his brief of argument to the issues raised by Mr Metuh in his appeal.

Mr Metuh is asking the Court of Appeal to set aside the ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, who held that he had a case to answer in the criminal charge brought against him by the EFCC.

On April 8, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja dismissed an application filed by Mr Metuh, seeking an end to the hearing of a suit against him in the court.

Mr Metuh had asked the court to disqualify itself from hearing a matter against him on grounds of bias by the presiding judge.

He had alleged in his application that the presiding judge was a classmate of his, stressing that he knew him well and was therefore, ill-disposed to deliver justice on the matter.

In an earlier response to the allegation, Justice Abang said that he did not know Mr Metuh and had not met him before now, a position that prompted the court to dismiss his application as an abuse of court process.

Metuh’s Trial: Witness Insists Party Raised Funds Spent

MetuhA defence witness in the trial of the spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, says former President Goodluck Jonathan made funds available to the accused for campaign purposes.

The witness, Mr Ikechukwu Abonyi, in his testimony insisted that the funds given to Mr Metuh were raised by the party’s campaign committee, as the Federal Government never funded the activities of the party.

Mr Abonyi under cross-examination said President Jonathan, as the leader of the party, was empowered to direct how campaign funds were disbursed.

The court on Wednesday continued the trial of the Mr Metuh and shortly after announcing appearances, Lawyer to the second defendant informed the court of a preliminary objection he filed, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to try his client.

The application was, however, opposed by the Prosecutor, who insisted that the matter was fixed for continuation of trial.

Justice Abang in a short ruling said the preliminary objection would be heard at the end of the case before judgment on the substantive suit would be delivered.

After the cross examination, lawyer to the second defendant, Destra Nigeria Limited, allegedly belonging to Mr Metuh, however, expressed disappointment with the position of the court on his preliminary objection.

The Prosecutor, Sylvanus Tahir, who raised an objection to the hearing of the application said the objection was only aimed at delaying the trial.

Lawyer to Mr Metuh, Ifedayo Adedipe, who supported the hearing of the Preliminary Objection, reaffirmed his preparedness to prove the innocence of his client.

Justice Okon Abang, after listening to the testimony of the first defence witness adjourned the case to April 27 for continuation of trial.

Mr Olisa Metuh is standing trial on allegations of financial crimes preferred against him by the EFCC.

Alleged Corruption: Olisa Metuh Opens Defence

PDP's Olisa Metuh in Court -EFCCPDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, has opened his defence at a Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Metuh on Monday, called his first witness in defence of the case of corruption levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

At the resumed trial, Mr Ike Agbenna who worked as a media consultant to the PDP spokesman, said that the then leader of the party, former President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the party funded the Office of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP.

This was contested by the prosecutor, who told the court that he has evidence of illegal financial transaction between the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) and Mr Metuh.

Having listened to the testimony of the first and only witness of the day, Justice Okon Abang adjourned the case till April 20 for cross examination and continuation of trial.

Following the judge’s ruling, counsels to the parties, Sylvanus Tahir, and Emeka Etiaba (SAN), restated their commitment to prove their case.

Abuse Of Court Process

In an earlier ruling, Justice Abang had dismissed an application filed by Mr Olisa Metuh seeking an end to the hearing of the suit against him in the court.

The spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked the court to disqualify itself on grounds of bias by the presiding judge.

While he alleged that the presiding judge was a classmate of his and ill-disposed to deliver justice on the matter, Justice Abang refuted the claim and consequently dismissed his application as an abuse of court process.

Mr Olisa Metuh is standing trial on allegations of financial crimes preferred against him by the EFCC.

Olisah Metuh Loses Bid To Disqualify Court, Others

MetuhA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by Mr Olisa Metuh seeking an end to the hearing of a suit against him in the court.          

Mr Metuh, who is the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had asked the court to disqualify itself from hearing a matter against him on grounds of bias by the presiding judge.

Abuse Of Court Process
He had alleged in his application that the presiding judge was a classmate of his, stressing that he knew him well and was therefore, ill-disposed to deliver justice on the matter.

In an earlier response to the allegation, Justice Okon Abang said that he did not know Mr Metuh and had not met him before now, a position that prompted the court to dismiss his application as an abuse of court process.

CourtGiving his ruling on the application on Friday, Justice Abang held that there were no substantial facts or evidence given by the PDP spokesman in support of the allegation upon which the court would disqualify itself.

The court heard another application by Mr Metuh and the second defendant in the matter, Dastra Investment Limited, to suspend proceedings at the Federal High Court, pending the decision of a similar case at the Court of Appeal.

It also considered an application asking the court to return the file of the case to the chief judge for re-assignment, and an application that the matter be adjourned to enable the second defendant change the counsel representing them.

This followed a disassociation from the previous counsel, who is currently representing the first defendant, Olisah Metuh.

metuhThe EFCC had earlier filed a seven-count charge of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering against the PDP National Publicity Secretary, but he was granted bail by a Federal High Court.

Sequel to his release, the anti-graft agency arraigned Mr Metuh on a two-count charge for criminal destruction of evidence and property of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), but was granted bail by Justice Okon Abang who signed his release warrant.

Metuh Loses ‘No-Case Submission’ Against EFCC

MetuhThe National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh, has lost his no-case submission filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Ruling on the suit on Wednesday, Justice Okon Abang, said that the prosecuting counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, has been able to establish a ‘prima facie’ case against the defendant, as there were several questions he needed to answer.

While adjourning the trial to March 17, Justice Abang added that there was an urgent need for Mr Metuh to tell the court whether he gave $2 million to the first prosecution witness to source for Naira equivalent and the source of the fund.

Consequently, lawyer to Mr Metuh, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), said that the defence team would take a second look at the ruling while the prosecution said that the coast was now clear for the PDP spokesman to prove his innocence.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is standing trial for alleged money laundering offences preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Witness Confesses Receiving 25m Naira From Metuh

MetuhA seventh witness says that he received the sum of 25 million Naira from the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, for image laundering.

Testifying in the case of criminal diversion of 400 million Naira preferred against Mr Metuh by the Federal Government, Mr Abah Dabo said that he received the said sum of money from the PDP Spokesman to manage the party and former President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Dabo, who was also a former Political Adviser to former Vice President Namadi Sambo, told the court on Thursday that the money he received from Metuh on December 16, 2014 was meant for countering the negative publicity being received by President Jonathan and the PDP from the then opposition party.

He explained that he used part of the money given to him to pay for an office accommodation in Maitama district of Abuja and engaged some youths to manage a website known as ‘Whatsapp Naija’.

The witness revealed that he refunded the 25 million Naira to the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission when he read in the media that the money was part of the fund that Metuh received from the office of the National Security Adviser.

Under cross examination from the Defence lawyers, Ifedayo Adedipe and Ben Nwosu, the witness maintained that he did not know the source of funds from which the PDP spokesman paid him for his services, adding that he never asked Mr Metuh for his source of funding.

The lawyers stressed further that they were not bothered by the quality of evidence given by the seventh prosecution witness.

The court subsequently fixed February 9 for further hearing on the trial of the PDP spokesman.

Protest Trails APC Anambra Central Senatorial Primary

APCRumours of the disqualification of an aspirant in the Anambra Central Senatorial Primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs Uche Ekwunife, who defected to the party few weeks ago, have triggered protests ahead of the primary election.

At the venue of the election in Awka, Anambra State capital, hundreds of delegates converged to participate in the exercise ahead of the February election for Anambra Central Senatorial Seat.

But no party electoral official was in sight to confirm the conduct of the exercise before the protest broke out from the camps of Mrs Ekwunife and her opponent, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor.

Ekwunife
Uche Ekwunife election was nullified by a court few weeks ago

While the delegates waited at the former Tourist Garden Hotel, along the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, news broke that one of the contenders in the primary had been disqualified.

Mrs Ekwunife had defected to APC on the wake of the Peoples Democratic Party’s refusal to conduct its primary election in agitation over the arrest and detention of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh.

She was alleged to have been disqualified by the party during screening for having not been a member of the party for a required period of time.

The story received spontaneous reaction of rejection.

First the youths protested and then the women lent their voices to the matter.

From the camp of Mrs Ikeazor, the former Pioneer National Woman Leader of the APC and a foundation member of the party in the state, youths and women also reacted and maintained it would not be fair to deny the aspirant the party ticket for all she had done for the party.

In the midst of the controversy, it was gathered that the APC Party Primary Committee had not communicate to any of the aspirants on whether or not any of them had been disqualified.

Meanwhile, activities suggesting the conduct of the primary are still on at the venue slated for the primary in Awka.