Olisa Metuh arrives court in handcuffs
The trial of Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, on seven-count charge of corruption and money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, began on Monday at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
However, the trial was not without drama as the the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang had to rule on two applications by lead defence counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu (SAN) to adjourn the trial.
In his first application before the commencement of the trial, the Defence Counsel had asked to adjourn the trial based on the application for variation of bail he had filed before the court.
Ikpeazu who informed the court that he has just been served by additional proof of evidence by the prosecution counsel said he needed to have access to information from his client to be able to defend him.
But he was opposed by the prosecution counsel, Slyvanus Tahir, who argued that the defence counsel had access to his client at Kuje prison and has been served with proof of evidence since 15, January.
In his ruling, Justice Okon Abang said the pendency of the ruling on the variation of bail application filed by Metuh cannot stop the trial already fixed to begin today.
The Judge, who said he will rule on the bail application on Wednesday, therefore, affirmed that the trial will continue as he asked the prosecution to call his witnesses.
He, however, said the prosecution witness will not call any witness related to the proof of evidence he just filed.
The first witness called by prosecution is Nneka Ararume who described herself as a Wealth Manager with ARM.
Nneka told the court that on 2 December, 2014 she received a call from Metuh who he described as her company’s client to come to his house in Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper