Metuh Hospitalised In Abuja

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National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, has been admitted into the National Hospital in Abuja.

The opposition spokesman was absent in court on Tuesday where he is undergoing trial for an alleged fraudulent act.

Metuh’s counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), informed Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja that his client could not show up in court because he was on a bed rest at the hospital.

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He presented a medical report signed by a neurosurgeon consultant in the hospital, Dr. O.O Olaleye, to the court to buttress his claim.

The lawyer prayed for an adjournment of the case.

The judge, in a ruling, which he delivered after entertaining the submission of parties to the case, noted that though Metuh had good reason to be absent from court, the medical report was unhelpful, as it failed to indicate the period which the bed rest would last.

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The judge said the omission of the period for the bed rest in the medical report had left doubt to whether the report was issued in bad faith.

The judge conceded to the request for adjournment and fixed May 30 for continuation of trial.

Metuh is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and his company, Destra Investments Limited, on charges including fraudulent collection of N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014 and using same for PDP’s presidential campaign.

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Metuh and Destra Investments Limited are also being tried on charges of money laundering involving alleged cash transaction of $2m.

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