List Of Alleged Looters: Metuh Accuses FG Of Intimidation

List Of Alleged Looters: Metuh Accuses FG Of Intimidation
File photo: Olisa Metuh

 

A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of intimidating him.

He said this in a statement on Saturday, one day after the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, release a list of some Nigerians who allegedly looted the nation’s treasury.

READ ALSO: FG Releases Names Of Alleged Looters

According to the list, the former PDP spokesman is on trial for allegedly receiving N1.4bn from the office of former National Security Adviser (NSA).

Metuh, in his response, said, “The APC led Federal Government resorted to all kinds of dirty tactics to dehumanise and intimidate me.

“They have done everything humanly possible to ensure complete persecution, starting from bringing me to court in handcuffs (and parading the capture of Nigeria’s most wanted) to media trials and constant interference with my case.”

He noted further that by the publication, the Federal Government breached the constitution by “seeking to burden” him with two criminal trials on the same charge – one before Justice Okon Abang and the other before the media.

The former PDP spokesman who is also a lawyer said since his arrest on January 5, 2016 and subsequent arraignment, he has refrained from publicly discussing the issue because it was wrong to discuss a matter that is sub judice.

He stated, however, that he has decided to avail the public of the “true state” of the case against me in order to defend his name and integrity.

Narrating how it began, Metuh said, “The charge against me is that I received the sum of N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser to carry out duties assigned to me as the then National Publicity Secretary of the PDP by then President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The major crux of the prosecution argument is that I ought to have known that the money was a part of an alleged and yet to be proven unlawful activity of Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), former NSA to President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The charge was brought regardless of the fact that neither President Jonathan who gave me the assignment and directed the release of the funds nor Colonel Dasuki (rtd), who effected the release of the funds have ever been interrogated nor even interviewed in this regard.  As a matter of fact, officers of the office of the National Security Adviser have testified in court that the payment made to me followed all due process usually observed in the establishment.”

The lawyer claimed that while the alleged illegality of the funds has neither been established in law nor in fact, he never held a government office or position and could not have had any access to government funds.

He also accused the government of plot to taint the PDP before the elections, alleging that that was why he was not allowed to attend to his deteriorating health despite several expert medical opinions on the matter.

“By going to the media to name me a looter (without cross-checking the definition and dictionary meaning of the word), the Federal Government has not only given a body language but has issued a direct intimidation and threat to the judiciary to get a compulsory conviction,” Metuh claimed.

He further accused the government of interfering and seeking to control matters within the purview of the legislature and the judiciary.

The former PDP spokesman, however, said he has asked his lawyers to review the implications of the list published by the government and take appropriate steps for redress.

PDP Accuses APC Of Interfering With Metuh’s Trial

PDP Accuses APC Of Interfering With Metuh’s trail
File photo: Olisa Metuh

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of interfering with the trial of its former National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh.

Mr Metuh is standing trial for alleged money laundering being part of the funds linked with former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

READ ALSO: Court Adjourns Ruling On Metuh’s Application For Permission To Travel

In a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately call the APC and some of its members to order.

It also urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, to protect the institution of the judiciary and the courts from interferences in the conduct of cases involving its members and particularly, its former spokesman.

The party alleged that the connection between the timing of happenings in the court case and the intrusions of the APC in the entire matter has assumed a worrisome dimension.

Metuh Brought To Court On A Stretcher

It added that its members were concerned about Metuh’s fate before the trial judge, claiming the judge had delivered judgments against the PDP in the past, which were eventually upturned after much damage had been done.

“The PDP finds it curious that interferences are manifesting in Metuh’s case even after the court had adjourned indefinitely on his application to be allowed to travel to the UK for surgery. This court had twice rejected Chief Metuh’s applications for medical leave at the initial stage of his ailment, but the condition of the former PDP spokesman has now degenerated.

“It is on record that people facing similar charges at the Federal High Court are granted leave to travel for ordinary medical check-ups and other sundry reasons, but Metuh has had his application for medical treatment deferred indefinitely and had to be brought to court for trial even on a hospital stretcher.

“The fact remains that if the court cannot grant Chief Metuh leave for medical treatment, more so, with the manifest interference of the APC, then there is absolutely no guarantee that he can get justice from the same court at the end of the day and we want the CJN to take copious note of this,” the PDP statement read in part.

The party decried that no other application for medical leave was subjected to “a greater burden of proof” than the case of Metuh, accusing the APC of “obvious persecution”.

It, therefore, urged the Chief Justice to rise in defence of the judiciary and ensure a fair trial of its former spokesperson.

The PDP also asked the CJN to take a closer look at the conduct of Metuh’s case and take appropriate action to ensure that justice is seen to have been done at the end of the day.

Court Adjourns Ruling On Metuh’s Application For Permission To Travel

Metuh
File photo: Olisa Metuh

The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned the hearing of Olisa Metuh’s application seeking permission to travel abroad for urgent medical treatment.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, noted that even though the application was filed as urgent, the cases cited by the parties have just been forwarded to him.

The judge said he will need time to study the cases.

Justice Abang also noted that he already has pending cases in the Asana Division of the Federal High Court adding that he is domiciled in Asana Division of the Federal High Court for the next one months.

He said due to these reasons, he is inclined to adjourn the trial to April 19, 2018.

Subject to the availability of judicial time, he said he will deliver ruling on the application.

READ ALSO: Metuh Seeks Court’s Permission For Treatment Abroad

Metuh had on Wednesday, March 14 filed an application seeking the relate of his passport to enable him to travel to London, United Kingdom to get treatment for a malignant spinal cord disease.

In the application, he asked the court to grant him permission to urgently travel abroad.

Metuh who is the former spokesperson, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is standing trial for allegedly diverting N400 million from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Alleged Fraud: Supreme Court Rejects Metuh’s Appeal

Metuh
File photo: Olisa Metuh

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, should face trial for alleged fraud thereby rejecting his appeal.

Metuh is standing trial for allegedly diverting N400 million from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The trial judge, Okon Abang, had in March 2016 ruled that Mr Metuh and his company, Destra Investment, had a case to answer in the seven-count charge of fraud brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The ruling was upheld by the Court of Appeal in May 2016, after which Metuh took the case to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court in its ruling on Friday, February 9 gave the same reasons given by the Court of Appeal for refusing Mr Metuh’s request.

The Court of Appeal had said Metuh and his company failed to first obtain the leave of either the trial court or the appellate court before filing a notice of appeal as required by the Constitution.

The Appeal Court then held that the appellants, having failed in that regard, their appeals were incompetent and the court lacked jurisdiction to hear them.

Metuh faced a similar setback on Friday as the Justice Dattijo Mohammed-led five-man panel of the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal on Friday.

The apex court held that as much as the Court of Appeal lacked the jurisdiction to hear the appeals, the Supreme Court too could not entertain the appeal arising from the incompetent appeals before the court below.

PDP Accuses Presidency Of Conspiracy, Intrusion In Metuh’s Case

PDP Accuses Presidency Of Conspiracy, Intrusion In Metuh's Case
A file photo of Mr Olisa Metuh’s appearance in court on February 5, 2018

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Presidency of conspiracy and intrusion in the ongoing trial of its former National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh.

In a statement issued by its spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP condemned the alleged unwarranted and unjustified official intrusion and negative suggestions of the Presidency in the matter.

The former PDP spokesman is standing trial for alleged money laundering being part of the funds linked with former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

His lawyer Emeka Etiaba had informed the trial judge that his client was on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital for an undisclosed ailment.

READ ALSO: Olisa Metuh Appears In Court On Stretcher

Mr Metuh was, however, wheeled to the court on a stretcher on Monday following the threat by Justice Okon Abang to revoke his bail if he fails to appear in court on February 5.

On their part, the PDP condemned a tweet by the Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie.

They accused the presidential aide of mocking Metuh’s worsened health condition and his being brought to the court from the hospital as a “Nollywood’ act – SEE TWEET BELOW.

“It is repulsive that a Presidential aide has once again intruded directly, with malicious suggestions, in a matter that is on judicial trial, thus further exposing that Chief Metuh’s travails in the course of the trial, may have been politically hatched and orchestrated,” said Ologbondiyan.

“It is instructive to state that Chief Metuh, whose spinal cord ailment has badly deteriorated, was brought to court in his current medical state, sequel to the order of the trial judge.

“It is public knowledge that Justice Abang on January 25, 2018, rejected medical reports from doctors at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, where Chief Metuh had been on admission and ordered him to appear in court on Monday, January 5, 2018, or have his bail revoked.

“In fact, the judge ruled that he would thenceforth not accept any other report issued by any medical doctor on the accused. It is therefore irresponsible, wicked and an unpardonable act of inhumanity, for the Presidency or any of its agents to mock Chief Metuh for obeying the order of a court, even in his current state of health” he added.

The party further claimed it has information that some government agents were allegedly harassing medical aides and practitioners for offering any form of treatment or assistance to Metuh.

They maintained that viewing such alongside the disposition towards medical reports on him, they were sure of “a grand conspiracy” to persecute the accused.

“While we are not opposed to the trial of any of our members for any matter whatsoever, we insist that the process must be fair, without external influences and in strict compliance with provisions of the law,” Ologbondiyan said.

Metuh Brought To Court On A Stretcher

Metuh Brought To Court On A Stretcher
Olisa Metuh wheeled out of the courtroom on a stretcher

 

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh was wheeled to the Federal High Court in Abuja on a stretcher.

Mr Metuh appeared in court on Monday after Justice Okon Abang threatened to revoke his bail if he fails to show up on February 5.

READ ALSOOlisa Metuh Appears In Court On Stretcher

He is standing trial for alleged money laundering being part of the funds linked with former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

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[UPDATED] Olisa Metuh Appears In Court On Stretcher

Olisa Metuh Appears In Court On Stretcher

 

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh has appeared at the Federal High Court in Abuja on a stretcher.

Mr Metuh is standing trial for alleged money laundering being part of the funds linked with former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

READ ALSO: Court Adjourns Metuh’s Trial Over Undisclosed Illness

His lawyer Emeka Etiaba had informed the court in January that his client was on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital for an undisclosed ailment.

The former PDP spokesman was, however, wheeled to the court on Monday following the threat by Justice Okon Abang to revoke his bail if he fails to appear in court today.

Lead counsel in the case, Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu informed the court that attempts to get Metuh’s doctor to give a timeframe for which he would be released from hospital proved abortive.

He, however, made a case for his client to be given a one-month adjournment as he was hopeful that Metuh should be fit to continue with his trial within the period.

Ikpeazu explained further that one month was a reasonable period for the doctors to carry out a valuable and reasonable assessment of his client.

In his ruling, Justice Abang said he has seen that the former PDP spokesman in a state in which he cannot continue with the trial.

“On account of the condition I have seen him in the courtroom,” he said.

The trial judge held that even though the court of law must be firm in its decisions, it must be fair to parties and when occasion demands, the court needs to also be humane.

He then adjourned the case till March 14, 15 and 16, as pleaded by his counsel.

Metuh was consequently wheeled out of the courtroom and placed in an ambulance which conveyed him to the court.

Metuh’s Situation Critical, Needs Urgent Surgery, Says Hospital

Barely one week after the former Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, was reportedly admitted to the hospital, his doctors say his health condition is still not stable.

Metuh, who according to his lawyer is currently battling for his life at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi is currently undergoing a trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Anthony Igwegbe, told Channels Television that Metuh needs urgent surgery on his spinal cord as he is gradually losing feeling in the lower region of his body.

Intensive Care Unit of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, where Olisa Metuh is reportedly admitted.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail being enjoyed by Metuh asking the court to commit him to prison to ensure that he attends his trial.

A presiding judge at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Okon Abang had on Thursday rejected Olisa Metuh’s application for adjournment of his trial for fraud as a result of ill health and ordered him to appear in court on February 5.

The CMD of the hospital while reacting to the issue of the alleged fake medical report presented by the patient to the court, explains that the hospital’s neurosurgeon, Dr Ekweogu, who has been managing Metuh’s health since he was admitted in the hospital, issued the letter,

“The assessment found that he has degenerative spinal cord diseases and there is a cut compulsion at the cervical level and the thoracic level. This has affected the muscles, his motor and sensation as well. There is a limitation of movement, especially in the lower limbs and he cannot sit or walk properly as at the time of admission.

“And so he has been relying on neck collar and we are managing conservatively but a definitive treatment is a surgery to ease the compression. Here, we don’t have a spinal cord surgeon,” he said.

Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, are being prosecuted for fraudulently receiving the sum of N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.

Court Rejects Metuh’s Application For Adjournment

Metuh

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday rejected an application filed by a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Olisa Metuh for an adjournment of his case as a result of ill health.

The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, however, said the medical report was fraudulently smuggled into the court and did not give any reasonable explanations as to the nature of his illness.

He then stated that it was useless and only fit for the trash can.

Speaking further, Justice Abang declared that having abused his right, the court will no longer entertain any medical report from any doctor in Nigeria on behalf of Mr Metuh.

Read Also: Court Adjourns Metuh’s Trial Over Undisclosed Illness

However, on the application for his bail to be revoked, Justice Abang said he will show compassion and suspend his decisions to revoke Metuh’s bail and hopes he turns a new leaf and attends his trial.

He also added that should the behaviour continue, he will be inclined to revoke the bail granted to Mr Metuh.

The case has been adjourned to February 5 and 6 2018 and the judge noted that every witness lined up by the defence must be in court on the said dates.

EFCC Asks Court To Revoke Metuh’s Bail

Metuh

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail being enjoyed by a former Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Olisa Metuh.

Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, are being prosecuted for fraudulently receiving the sum of N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.

The trial was adjourned on Monday, January 22 after he was said to be on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State making him be absent from court.

The prosecution during the hearing on Tuesday, January 23 then asked the court to revoke Metuh’s bail and commit him to prison to ensure that he attends his trial.

EFCC’s lawyer, Mr Sylvanus Tahir who was reacting to an application seeking for the further adjournment of the case because of Metuh’s ill health accused the defence of trying to scuttle the trial.

He said that besides the letter which cannot be proven to be from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching hospital Mr Metuh has also filed an application to bring additional 10 witnesses two years after his trial proves that the defence is trying to frustrate the trial.

Responding to Tahir, Metuh’s lawyer, Oneychi Ikpeazu (SAN), urged the court to dismiss the application for bail revocation.

He argued that the prosecution has not shown that his client is a flight risk, or is interfering with witnesses or the trial as stipulated by law to warrant a revocation of bail.

He then urged the court to adjourn the trial till a period after the end of the week, promising that Metuh would be in court by then.

Court Adjourns Metuh’s Trial Over Undisclosed Illness

Metuh

The ongoing arms deal trial of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Olisa Metuh has been adjourned by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The case was on Monday, January 22, adjourned after Metuh’s counsel, Mr Emeka Etiaba, informed the court that his client is currently on admission at the Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching hospital for an undisclosed ailment.

The case was therefore adjourned to January 23, 2018.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang adjourned the case to Tuesday to enable cross-examination of Metuh’s 9th witness.

READ ALSO: I Cannot Recall My Dealings With Metuh, Dasuki Tells Court

Etiaba in December 2017 told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the lives of his clients Mr Metuh and the lead counsel in the case Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu are been threatened as a result of the subpoena order of the court which had asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to testify in the case.

Etiaba held that they would not yield to the threats and insisted that the former President must testify in the case.

Justice Okon Abang then adjourned the case to December 5 and 6 to enable the defendant call any other person other than the Former President as a witness in the case.

Metuh has been standing trial for allegedly collecting N400 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki.

Lawyer Claims Metuh’s Life Under Threat

Metuh

Counsel to a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Olisa Metuh, in the ongoing arms deal trial, has told a Federal High Court that the lives of his clients Mr Metuh and the lead counsel in the case Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu are been threatened.

According to the lawyer, Mr Emeka Etiaba, the threats come as a result of the subpoena order of the court which had asked former president Goodluck Jonathan to testify in his case.

Etiaba, however, noted that they would not yield to the threats and insisted that the former President must testify in the case.

“This subpoena is one that has generated quite a lot of controversy, not just to our client but to myself.

“The threat goes to the life of the first defendant, myself and Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu.

“This will not make us change our mind as to whether His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, will come and testify or not. But we shall only plead with this honourable court to allow us make another attempt on December 11, 2017 at serving him with the subpoena,” he added.

Metuh has been standing trial for allegedly collecting 400 million Naira from the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki.