Endless Tears As EFCC Moves For The Immediate Re-Arrest And Indefinite Detention Of Runaway PDP Chief, Olisa Metuh

By Post Nigeria January 23, 2018 13:21

Endless Tears As EFCC Moves For The Immediate Re-Arrest And Indefinite Detention Of Runaway PDP Chief, Olisa Metuh

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, asked the Federal High Court in Abuja, to revoke the bail being enjoyed by a former Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, and send him to Prison.

Metuh, who was said to be on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, was earlier absent from court, on Monday.

Following his absence from the court again, on Tuesday, EFCC’s Lawyer, Sylvanus Tahir, applied that Metuh be sent to jail and made to attend his trial from Prison.

Tahir while reacting to Metuh’s Lawyer’s application for further adjournment, on Tuesday, faulted the January 21, 2018, Medical Report of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, sent to the court, indicating that the defendant was on admission for the treatment of an ailment.

The Prosecutor, argued that without the Medical Report backed by a verifying affidavit, and without the document making any reference to the case pending in court, the report was nothing but a trash that should be consigned to the dustbin.

He urged the court to reject the request of the Defence, for an investigation into the authenticity of the letter, adding that a fresh application by Metuh to call 10 additional witnesses for his defence, was part of his plan to get the trial stalled.

He therefore, noted that the steps taken by Metuh had undermined the administration of criminal justice, deserving the revocation of the bail granted to the defendant.

He stated: “The court should decline the invitation to order an investigation into the veracity of the letter. There is no basis for that. There is no basis to suggest that the court must believe this letter. The letter is not attached to an affidavit. How will the prosecution investigate the document?”

“There is no reference to the pending charge before this honourable charge.

“Having regard to the absence of the first defendant from court yesterday and today for inexplicable reasons, and also having regard to the fact that he is enjoying the bail of this court, and has taken steps to undermine and jeopardise the full objectives the full purpose of bail in the administration of criminal justice, the Prosecution is constrained to apply for the revocation of the bail of the first defendant, pursuant to sections 173 (b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, and section 169 of the same Act.

“It follows without mention that we are vehemently opposed to an application for adjournment. And we pray this honourable court to revoke the bail granted to the first defendant, and commit him to Prison until the conclusion of his trial. Once the bail is revoked, he will be attending his trial from the Prisons.”

 

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