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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Metuh's case, could it be another APC vs PDP brawl.

Chief Olisa Metuh wheeled out of court
former publicity secretary of PDP Olisa Metuh, wheeled out of court.
Olisa Metuh collapsed in court during his trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja but the  judge, Justice Okon Abang continued with proceedings. The former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was arraigned in court yesterday monday. He is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Federal High Court in Abuja for the N400m he allegedly received fraudulently from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.When the matter was called, Metuh had stood up from his wheel chair and made for the dock box when he probably slipped his feet and fell uncontrollably on the floor.It took the intervention of his relatives to lift him on the stretcher at the adjournment of the court. He had remained flat on the floor throughout the duration of the trial.
Consequently, a doctor was invited who later told Justice Abang that Metuh needed to be taken to the hospital for further examination due to the fall. The court only rose for about 30 minutes after the fall before the judge returned and continued with the proceedings.But the judge was visibly angry and wondered why a medical doctor who was not in the courtroom when Metuh slipped and fell should request that he be taken to the hospital.Metuh’s counsel, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), as a result prayed the court for an adjournment, which was not opposed by the prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir. “In view of the application of the medical doctor in the employment of Federal High Court, that was not in court at the commencement of proceeding and with no objection, and since it is a medical doctor’s opinion, this matter is adjourned till May 22,” Justice Abang held.
Before the adjournment however, the judge was furious over Tahir’s inability to oppose the application for an adjournment.The judge also wondered why the prosecution, after seeing what happened in court, and how a medical doctor who was not in court had requested that Metuh be taken to hospital, had declined to oppose the plea for adjournment.
Metuh had returned to court yesterday in spite of his ill health as the court had on April 19, barred him from travelling abroad for medical treatment. The court also barred him from further presenting any medical report before it.

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