Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court has said ailing Olisa Metuh, the former spokesman for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will continue his corruption trial after recovery.
“I am inclined to adjourn this matter to allow the first defendant recover and stand his trial. I have seen the condition that he is,” said the judge during the resumed hearing into the case on Monday.
Metuh was brought into the courtroom on a stretcher, after the judge previously threatened to revoke his bail terms if he failed to show up. Metuh’s absenteeism from his trial on January 23 and 25 drew the judge’s ire, leading to the vow. His counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, SAN, had said Metuh was on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State.
Metuh is standing trial alongside his company, Destra Investment Limited, on a 7-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N400million, a sum he allegedly collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, ahead of the 2015 general election.
The offence breaches Section 15(2), (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act”.
The case was adjourned till March 14 -15, 2018 for continuation of defence.