A Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, has on Friday, January 22, granted bail to the embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in the sum of N300m with two sureties in like sum.
The Punch reports that the total bail sum is N600m.
The Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, added that the sureties should have assets within the FCT.
Metuh, who is already on remand in Kuje Prison by an order of a Federal High Court in Abuja with respect to charges of money laundering involving N400m, part of money meant for procurement of arms, which he collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014, was brought before the court on a two-count charge of alleged destruction of his statement, at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Mr. Metuh had earlier been given a N400 million bail for a different case, which bordered on seven-count charge of alleged fraud against him.
For the new case involving him ‘tearing of statement’, Justice Ishaq Bello on Friday adjourned the bail application for Monday.
While arguing the bail application orally on Friday, Metuh’s lawyer, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), anchored the application on provisions of sections 158 and 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 as well as sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.
Ruling on the bail application, Metuh’s lawyer held that: “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 the like sum, whose places of abode must be verified for easy access”.