Saturday, 23 January 2016

THE embattled National Publicity Sec­retary of the Peoples Democratic Party, [PDP], Chief Olisa Metuh, has found him­self in deeper trouble as the Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Ter­ritory [FCT], Justice Ishaq Bello, granted him bail to the tune of N300million with two sureties in like sum.
Justice Bello in his ruling on Metuh’s bail application which was argued by his counsel, Dr. Onyeachi Ikpeazu [SAN] said the residence of the sureties must be veri­fied by the court.
According to the Judge, “I am satisfied that the oral application of the defendant succeeds, accordingly, he is granted bail in the sum of N300million with two sureties in like sum, whose places of abode must be verified for easy access”.
Metuh is facing a two-count criminal charge bordering on his alleged destruction of evidence against him and was arraigned on Thursday, before the court by the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] where he pleaded not guilty.
For the third time, the PDP spokesman was also brought to court Friday in hand­cuffs by prison officials.
EFCC, alleged that Metuh who is also facing another seven-count criminal charge before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, tore and at­tempted to chew a confessional statement he made under caution while undergoing interrogation.
The Commission maintained that the al­leged statement would have been vital to the prosecution of its case against Metuh that is pending before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court.
It said that Metuh, by his action, com­mitted an offence contrary to sections 166 and 326 of the Penal Code Act.
Justice Bello had on the day Metuh was arraigned before him, queried why the EFCC failed to incorporate the current charge to the one already pending before the FHC.
It will be recalled that Justice Abang had on Tuesday, also granted Metuh bail to the tune of N400million.
The court however ordered that he should be remanded at Kuje Prison pend­ing when he is able to perfect all the bail conditions.


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