The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail earlier granted former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh over his absence in court.
EFCC’s Prosecution Counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, who reacted to Metuh’s absence in court twice over reports of ill health also asked the court to send Metuh to prison saying it was a plan to lengthen his trail. Metuh was said to be sick and undergoing treatment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State.
Metuh’s counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), had earlier sent a letter to the court informing it that the defendant would be absent in court when it resumed sitting, his counsel, prayed for an adjournment, as his client could not make it to the court on account of his ill health.
But Tahir faulted the medical report dated January 21, on the grounds that it was not backed by a verifying affidavit or any reference to the case in court, adding that the report was a mere trash that should be consigned to the dustbin and urged the court to reject Ikpeazu’s request for an investigation of the authenticity of the letter.
He also referred to a fresh application by Metuh to call 10 additional witnesses, stressing that it was part of his plans to prolong the trial.Tahir stated that the step taken by Metuh had undermined the provision of the administration of criminal justice, and as such, deserved revocation of the bail granted him.
However,Ikpeazu has asked the court to dismiss the application seeking to revoke Metuh’s bail and urged the court to adjourn the trial until Metuh was fit to be in court. Ikpeazu expressed surprise that Tahir, who did not oppose the application for adjournment on the first day turned around to object it the second day.
Meanwhile The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, advised the court to discountenance Tahir’s position as unsubstantiated and adjourned the matter to the next convenient date.