A FEDERAL High Court in
Abuja yesterday berated the
National Hospital, Abuja, over the
transfer of PDP Spokesman Olisa
Metuh to a Lagos hospital.
The judge, Justice Okon Abang,
berated the hospital when he
ruled in an application for
adjournment brought by Metuh’s
Counsel, Emeka Etaiba (SAN) in
Abuja yesterday.
Abang said that the matter was
first adjourned on account of a
medical report from the National
Hospital, Abuja.
He said though the National
Hospital report did not state the
bed rest duration, the hospital
should have informed the court
that the defendant had been
transferred to another hospital.
The judge, who said that it was
on the strength of the National
Hospital’s report that the case was last
adjourned, decried the action of the
hospital, and threatened that because
the court was treated with levity, it
might not be inclined to receive any
medical report from the hospital.
“If I ordered investigation into the
activities of the National Hospital
regarding to Metuh’s medical
report, many heads will roll.
“I have authority over the
management of the hospital
because they are under my
jurisdiction. The management is
not above this court and the law.
“They cannot treat this court
with levity; National Hospital
has a duty to explain to the court
what led to the transfer of Metuh
from National Hospital, Abuja, to
another hospital in Lagos.
“In any event, I have another
medical report issued by Dr.
Olufemi Bankole from Lagos
University Teaching Hospital that
Metuh is on bed rest over back
pains which he claimed.
Abang, who said the medical
report did not disclose the location of
the hospital in Lagos, adjourned the
case to July 7 for continuation of trial.
Metuh was arraigned by
EFCC on allegations of receiving
N400 million meant for fighting
insurgency in the North-East
from the office of former National
Security Adviser, retired Col.
Sambo Dasuki

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