The Federal High Court in Abuja has proceeded with the trial of Olisah Metuh, a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, despite the withdrawal of Metuh’s defence lawyer, Emeka Etiaba.
Metuh had slumped at the court, while making his way to the dock this morning.
Etiaba, however announced his withdrawal from the case after the judge, Justice Okon Abang, insisted that the trial would continue.
According to Etiaba, “it will be against all procedure of trial to say I want to continue when my client is lying down and I don’t know whether he is dead or alive.”
But Justice Okon Abang rejected Etiaba’s application to withdraw. “It is an attempt to delay this trial,” Abang said.
The judge insisted that the defence should call its next witness.
The lawyer however, while he remained in the court, insisted that he had withdrawn from the case.
He refused to offer further contributions even when asked for by the judge.
Metuh is facing prosecution for allegedly receiving the sum of N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014. The fund was said to be part of the $2 billion disbursed for the procurement of arms to fight against Islamic insurgency in Nigeria.
The Office of the National Security Adviser at the time was under the leadership of Colonel Sambo Dasuki.