By Wandoo Sombo
Mr Olisah Metuh, former PDP’s spokesman has been ordered to seem on the Federal High Court, Abuja for his trial on Feb. 5 or threat arrest.
Justice Okon Abang gave the order on Thursday, when he delivered ruling in an software filed by Metuh, in search of an adjournment to his trial on well being grounds.
The decide stated that the letter which Metuh wished the courtroom to depend on to grant the adjournment was not a correct doc earlier than the courtroom.
“I agree with the prosecution that the purported letter written by Dr O.C. Ekweogwu, who’s unknown to the courtroom, is trash and a ineffective paper meant for the dustbin, which was dumped on the courtroom by the defence.
“The said letter was fraudulently smuggled into the records of the court by a person unknown to the court with the intent to stall proceedings. ”
The decide stated that there was a laid down process for submitting a medical report in courtroom.
He stated it was not the place of a medical practitioner to jot down a prolonged letter with a number of medical phrases that had been meaningless to the courtroom.
“The medical practitioner is to state the name of the illness and the period that the person will be incapacitated.”
The decide additional stated that though the appliance by the prosecution to revoke Metuh’s bail and commit him to jail deserved to succeed, he wouldn’t grant it primarily based on compassionate grounds.
“It is my humble view that the appliance of the prosecution to revoke the defendant’s bail deserves to succeed, however I’ve given due consideration to the arguments of counsel to the defendant.
“In view of the passionate plea of the defendant’s counsel who I have respect for, I hereby suspend my decision to revoke bail, but I ask that the defendant turns a new leaf.”
The decide, nonetheless, stated that if Metuh failed to seem in courtroom on the subsequent adjourned date, he would revoke the bail.
“Arrest is a consequential order if bail is revoked, and so if the defendant’s bail is revoked, he shall be arrested.
“The outcome of his response when he appears in court will determine whether or not to put him in prison.”
The courtroom stated that it was not inclined to strive Metuh in absentia, because it was opposite to Section 266 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
The decide additionally stated that he would now not settle for any medical report with respect to Metuh, issued by a physician in Nigeria.
He additional granted the appliance by the defendant’s counsel to convey seven extra witnesses, saying he is not going to settle for any software for extra witnesses.
He adjourned the matter till Feb. 5 and 6 for continuation of trial.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that Metuh’s trial was to renew on Monday however he was absent in courtroom.
When the matter was known as, Mr Onyeachi Ikpeazu (SAN), counsel to Metuh knowledgeable the courtroom that his shopper was admitted on the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, and was unable to attend courtroom.
Ikpeazu introduced a letter written by a physician within the hospital to the courtroom, however each the decide and the prosecutor questioned the authenticity of the letter.
The prosecutor went additional to ask the courtroom to revoke Metuh’s bail for breaching his bail circumstances and commit him to jail.
Metuh is standing trial over allegations of receiving N400 million from the previous National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki and likewise cash laundering prices involving $2 billion. (NAN)