House of Representatives
has intervened in Chief
Olisah Metuh’s health
challenge which is
hampering his N400 million
money laundering charges
at an Abuja Federal High
Court.
The lawmakers after
debating a motion of urgent
public importance brought
for consideration by Chris
Asibogou (PDP, Anambra)
urged the Attorney-General
of the Federation, AGF,
Abubakar Malami, and the
Federal High Court, Abuja,
to grant the former national
publicity secretary of the
Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, access to medical
attention abroad until he is
fit to continue with his trials.
During debate of the
general principles, the
lawmakers noted that
the Nigerian constitution
guarantees everyone’s right
to life and that no one shall
be deprived intentionally of
his life, save in the execution
of the sentence of a court in
respect of a criminal offence
of which he has been found
guilty in Nigeria.
They argued that the life of
Metuh was in grave danger
and notwithstanding that he
is undergoing trial bordering
on money laundering, even
if he is convicted, such
conviction does not prescribe
death penalty.
According to the
lawmakers, Metuh was taken
to court on a stretcher from a
general hospital in Anambra
State and expressed concern
on why the court could
not grant him leave to seek
medical attention abroad.
Sponsor of the motion,
however, disclosed that the
same court has been granting
some Nigerians in similar
situations permission to seek
medical attention abroad and
expressed grave concern over
Metuh’s case and the flagrant
abuse of human rights by the
court.
He said Metuh has not been
convicted and wondered
why he is being denied his
fundamental right to life.
Though the debate turned
out to be a heated one, the
motion nonetheless sailed
through with an unanimous
voice vote. The House
Committee on Justice and
Human Rights was mandated
to follow up and report back
within two weeks.

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