The embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, was yesterday driven off in a prison pick-up van ‎from the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja, shortly after he was granted bail in the sum of N400m by the court.
Metuh, who was produced in court in handcuffs for the bail hearing, is to remain in prison till when he meets the bail conditions.
After the court delivered its ruling yesterday, prison officials led him to a waiting pick-up van and he was locked up at the rear cabin of the vehicle.
The vehicle with registration number PS 682 AA and with inscription, Kuje Prison, FCT Command, Abuja, was driven off from the court premises at exactly 4:10pm.
Justice Okon Abang, in a ruling shortly after Metuh’s bail application was argued, granted the PDP spokesperson bail in the sum of N400m with two sureties in the sum of N200m each.
The judge also ordered that the two sureties must own property in Maitama, Abuja.
The judge also ruled that the sureties must produce the certificates of occupancy of the property which must be verified by the Chief Registrar of the court and confirmed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The judge, who also ordered that Metuh must deposit his traveling documents with the court pending the period of his trial, also ordered the commission to verify the residences of the sureties who must be resident in Abuja.
Justice Abang had on January 15 ordered the PDP spokesperson to be remanded in Kuje Prison shortly after his arraignment on a seven-count charge of money laundering preferred against him by the EFCC.
The EFCC alleged in the charges that Metuh, who was arraigned along a firm, Destra Investments Ltd, received N400million, part of the money meant for the procurement of arms, from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014.
The judge ordered yesterday that Metuh, who appeared before the court in handcuffs for the bail hearing, should not be released from custody until he meets the bail conditions.
But in granting him bail, the judge dismissed EFCC’s objection to the application ruling that the allegation that Metuh destroyed his statement and attempted to influence potential witnesses while in the custody of the anti-graft agency was not substantiated.
Metuh was arrested by the EFCC on January 5 and remained in the custody of the anti-graft agency till when he was arraigned on January 15.
His separate fundamental human rights enforcement suit is scheduled to come up for hearing before Justice Abang today.
The judge however dismissed the second prayer contained in Metuh’s bail application seeking an order restraining the EFCC from re-arresting him after being granted bail.
Justice Abang held that such prayer could not be entertained in a bail application but only under a fundamental human rights enforcement suit.
The Court had last week ordered that Chief Metuh be remanded in prison till yesterday which is the scheduled day for the hearing of his bail application with respect to the charges of money laundering preferred against him by the EFCC.
Justice Okon Abang gave the order after the PDP spokesperson pleaded not guilty to the seven counts of money laundering involving N400m, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alleged that he collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014.
The money was allegedly part of the funds meant for the procurement of arms, but which was released to him for campaign activities of the PDP by the immediate past NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), who is also facing other charges bordering on the diversion of arms procurement funds.


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  • vic

    WELL DONE MR JUSTICE ABANG. THE BAIL IS OF THE RIGHT AMOUNT, IT COULD HAVE BEEN HIGHER.

    MR JUSTICE, ALL THESE FINANCIAL CRIMINALS SHOULD BE DEALT WITH IN A WAY TO MATCH THEIR FINANCIAL ATROCITIES INFLICTED AT THE POOR MASSES OF NIGERIA.

    MAY GOD GRANT YOU LONG LIFE AND MORE INK TO YOUR PEN FOR THE GOOD JUSTICE DONE HERE.