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’s Trial: Capitalfield Says Sie Iyenome Is Not Its Staff

Olisa-MetuhA company, Capitalfield Investment Group Limited, mentioned in the money laundering case involving the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has disassociated itself from Sie Iyenome, alleged to have received money from Mr Metuh.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had filed a seven-count charge of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering against Mr Metuh.

According to the charges, Mr Metuh allegedly transferred the sum of one million dollars through one Nneka Nicole Ararume, to Sie Iyenome claimed by the EFCC to be a linked with Capitalfield Investment.

The EFCC claimed that the offense was contrary to Section One of the Money Laundering Act.

But in a statement by Capitalfield’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Sharon Daniels, the company said Sie Iyenome, was an independent broker and a licensed Bureau de Change operator, who had business transactions with the company through its subsidiary, CIT Bureau De Change Limited within the guidelines allowed by the law.

“We would like to state that neither Sie Iyenome nor Kabiru Ibrahim mentioned in recent publications, is or has ever been a staff of Capitalfield Investment Group, CIT Bureau De Change Limited or any of its other subsidiaries.

“Furthermore, we assert that we do not have any involvement whatsoever and howsoever with the $2.1 Billion arms deal scandal or any financial scandal whatsoever and howsoever. Accordingly, we hereby put on record that we dissociate ourselves from any criminal breach of trust, corruption or money laundering or fraud charges being preferred against the PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh or any other person connected with the scandal,” the statement read.

Metuh Files Human Rights Suit Against EFCC

MetuhThe National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh has filed an abuse of human rights suit against the EFCC.

Counsel to Metuh, Mr Ifedayo Fadipe told the Abuja high court that his client was being held illegally by the commission beyond the time stipulated by law.

He asked the court to compel the commission to either release his client on administrative bail or charge him to court as required by law.

In the meantime, the EFCC has insisted it has a valid court order to detain Mr Olisa Metuh.

Counsel to the EFCC , Mr. Rotimi Jacobs said that contrary to the insinuation that Metuh is being held unlawfully, the commission had obtained an order of a court in line with the administration of Criminal Justice Act, approving the detention of the politician pending the completion of investigation into the allegations against him.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says it has filed a seven count charge of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering against the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh.

Mr Metuh, according to the charges, transferred the sum of $1 million through his agent, Nneka Nicole Ararume, to one Sie Iyenome of Capital Field Investment committing an offense contrary to Section One of the Money Laundering Act.

He is also accused of receiving the sum of N400 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, without a contract contrary to the Money Laundering Act.

Mr Metuh, is also accused of converting the said money to funds for political activities of the People’s Democratic Party.

EFCC Files 7-Count Charge Against Olisa Metuh

bayelsa-MetuhThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says it has filed a seven count charge of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering against the National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Olisa Metuh.

Mr Metuh, according to the charges, transferred the sum of $1 million dollars through his agent, Nneka Nicole Ararume, to one Sie Iyenome of Capital Field Investment committing an offense contrary to Section One of the Money Laundering Act.

He is also accused of receiving the sum of N400 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, without a contract contrary to the Money Laundering Act.

Mr Metuh, is also accused of converting the said money to funds for political activities of the People’s Democratic Party.

Listed as witnesses in the suit are five commercial banks, a representative in the Office of the National Security Adviser, three investment houses and eight individuals.

The EFCC has however not indicated when the PDP spokesman will be arraigned.

The EFCC also said it has a valid court order to detain Mr Metuh over alleged corruption related crime.