Metuh Loses Bid to Halt Court Trial, Ordered to Open Defence
POLITICS DIGEST – The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday, dismissed the no-case submission filed by a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, to stop his criminal trial for alleged destruction of evidence.
Justice Ishaq Bello, who is the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, refused to stop the trial as requested by Metuh and ordered him to open his defence.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had in the case accused the ex-PDP spokesperson of destroying his statement which he made under caution to its operatives and investigators on January 5, 2016.
The anti-graft agency alleged that Metuh committed the offence while in its custody on January 5, 2016, over allegation of his fraudulent receipt of N400m from the Office of the then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Metuh was subsequently charged with separate offences of money laundering involving the N400m transaction before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja.