There was a mild drama at the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday as men of the Nigerian Police force stormed the premises of the court where the embattled National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisha Metuh is standing trial.
The men of the force were in court in wait to re-arrest Metuh and take him back to the Kuje prisons custody should the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, disqualify himself from the trial.
Metuh had last week accused the judge of bias, saying he will not get justice if his trial continues in his court.
‎‎Metuh, through his lawyers, further asked the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, to withdraw his trial from Justice Okon Abang and re-assign it to another judge.
Metuh is standing trial for allegedly obtaining the sum of N400million from the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
At the resumed hearing of the proceedings yesterday, the defence counsel, Emeka Etiaba, SAN, informed the court that the defence team had filed a motion for stay of proceedings and another application for the judge to disqualify himself on ground that they will not get justice should he continue with the matter.
He also informed the court that his team has also appealed the ruling of the court on no case submission.
He urged the court to take the application for motion for disqualification first as it touches on the court jurisdiction.
He admitted that the prosecution team were not served with the application seeking to disqualify the judge, saying he explained that prosecution team rejected service on the flimsy excuse that the lawyer who served them was not a court bailiff.
He urged the court to adjourn, saying the trial cannot proceed because of the lead defence counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu’s absence.
He had earlier told the court that Ikpeazu, SAN, was indisposed and needed time to recover to handle the case himself.
On his part, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacob, SAN, opposed the application for adjournment.
Justice Okon Abang after listening to all the submissions, adjourned till 8 April to hear the two applications.
Justice Abang said that he will take the application on jurisdiction and if it succeeds, he will disqualify himself but if it fails, the defendant will be at liberty to open their case.
He also said that he will proceed to take the application for stay of proceeding and if it succeeds, the court will wait for the ruling of the Court of Appeal, but if it fails, the defendant is at liberty to open his case.
He however warned that the next adjourned date may be the last chance the court will give to the defendant to open their case.

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