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Metuh loses appeal to stop trial

Metuh loses appeal to stop trial

Okon Abang, justice of the federal high court, Abuja, has ruled that Olisa Metuh, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has a case to answer in the criminal charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He, however, held that it did not imply that Metuh had been pronounced guilty, but that he would have to make his defence. The judge stated that the PDP spokesman needed to offer an explanation to the evidence brought before the court.

He explained that Metuh needed to offer explanations on how received and disbursed the money given to him by the office of the former national security adviser. Although, the ruling was briefly interrupted by the collapse of a female journalist at the courtroom, Abang went ahead to finish his ruling. He dismissed the application for lacking in merit. The judge had fixed March 9 to rule on a no-case application to dismiss the charges against Metuh. In a bench ruling On February 25, Abang stated that he would either discharge and acquit Metuh or rule that he open his defence on the adjourned date. Making his submission, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), counsel to Metuh, had urged the court to discharge and acquit his client because he had no case to answer. Read more

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