FG asks courtroom to revoke Metuh’s bail
By Wandoo Sombo
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), the prosecuting company within the ongoing trial of former Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) Spokesman, Olisah Metuh, has requested the courtroom to revoke Metuh’s bail.
Mr Sylvanus Tahir, counsel to the EFCC, who made the appliance on the resumption of listening to of the matter on Tuesday on the Federal High Court, Abuja, stated Metuh must be remanded in jail.
Tahir stated the appliance was primarily based on the grounds that Metuh had breached the phrases of the bail granted him by the courtroom, by being absent in courtroom for 2 days with no cogent motive.
The prosecutor requested the courtroom to discountenance the submissions of the defence as to why Metuh was absent in courtroom.
“Since the defendant has been absent from courtroom for 2 days for inexplicable causes, and taking into consideration that the defendant is enjoining the bail of the courtroom and has undermined the aim of the bail.
“The prosecution is constrained to use for the revocation of the bail pursuant to Sections 137(b) and 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice.
” We urge the courtroom to revoke the bail and commit the defendant to jail pending the willpower of his case.”
He additional advised the courtroom that he was vehemently against the appliance to vacate the times already mounted for trial and adjourn to the subsequent dates handy for the courtroom.
On the stated medical report despatched to the courtroom by one Dr. O.C. Ekweugwu of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Universiry Teaching Hospital, Anambra, the prosecutor stated there was nothing earlier than the courtroom to show the authenticity of the letter.
“The letter ought to have come by way of an affidavit, but nobody has deposed to an oath verifying the worth of the so called medical report, rather the report was just dumped in the court.”
He additional submitted that it was of no objective for the defence to ask the courtroom to order an investigation to establish the veracity of the medical report.
Mr Onyeachi Ikpeazu (SAN), counsel to Metuh, had in his submission, prayed the courtroom to vacate the sooner dates the courtroom had mounted for the trial and repair recent dates within the curiosity of justice.
Ikpeazu urged the courtroom to grant the appliance on the grounds that his shopper was at present in hospital present process remedy for a backbone associated sickness.
He additional submitted that being a legal case, it was obligatory for his shopper to be in courtroom because it was towards the legislation to proceed with the matter within the absence of his shopper.
Mr Tochukwu Onwubufor (SAN), counsel to the second defendant within the matter stated that he aligned himself with the submissions of Ikpeazu.
Onwubufor, nonetheless, added that there was substantial motive for Metuh’s absence in courtroom.
“There is a letter from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, Anambra stating the medical condition of the first defendant.”
On the query of the authenticity of the report and whether or not the one that signed it was certainly a medical physician, the counsel requested the courtroom for time to analyze.
The decide, Justice Okon Abang stated the courtroom famous that there was no proof earlier than the courtroom to point out that the one that issued the letter was a medical physician or an worker of the hospital.
Abang added that the hospital was not a celebration within the matter and that the one that issued the letter was not in courtroom to testify.
He additional puzzled how the stated letter discovered its method into the courtroom information.
He adjourned the matter till Jan. 24 for continuation of arguments by counsel.