Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday adjourned to May 17, the trial of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh.
Justice Okon Abang adjourned the trial on the grounds of Metuh’s ill health.
Metuh who was reported to have fallen from a swivel chair and immediately rushed to the National Hospital, Abuja on Tuesday, appeared in court on Wednesday, dressed in dark blue kaftan.
He limped slightly as he walked out of the courtroom shortly after the case was adjourned.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting the PDP’s spokesperson and his company, Destra Investment Limited on seven counts, including money laundering involving $2m cash transaction.
They are also being prosecuted for allegedly receiving N400m fraudulently from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014 andused the money for the presidential campaign of the PDP.
Metuh was to call his second defence witness yesterday, when his lawyer,Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), informed the court that his client was indisposed and sought an adjournment for two weeks.
Ikpeazu said he was considering calling additional five witnesses.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, who acknowledged that Metuh was ill, did not object to Ikpeazu’s request for an adjournment for two weeks.
Justice Abang then adjourned the trial to May 17.
Metuh told journalists after the proceedings that he was involved in an accident and was currently on admission at the National Hospital, Abuja.
He said his physicians advised him to remain in the hospital, but he chose to attend court to avert the possibility of the court having to revoke the bail earlier granted him.
He said, “My doctor advised that I rest awhile. But I decided to come to court so that the court will not revoke the bail granted me. You know I am on bail.
And, if I stay away and do not attend proceedings, the court my decided to revoke my bail.
“I am eager to defend myself in this case. There are lots that people do not know about this case. We will reveal everything in our defence.”


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