#DasukiGate: Court Rejects Metuh’s Bid To Stop Trial

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The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, currently on trial with respect to $2bn Arms Deal scandal

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has on Wednesday, ruled that the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has a case to answer in the criminal charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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The presiding Judge, Justice Okon Abang took the position after he dismissed the no-case submission the defendant made through his team of lawyers led by Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN.

The embattled National Publicity Secretary of the PDP had approached the court with an application seeking his release from detention, following his arrest in January.

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However, the judge stated that the opposition party’s spokesman needed to offer an explanation to the evidence brought before the court.

He explained that Metuh needed to offer explanations on how he received and disbursed the money given to him by the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA).

Justice Abang, thereafter dismissed Metuh’s application for lacking in merit.

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Mr. Metuh is currently facing a seven-count charge of corruption and money laundering, for illegally receiving and spending N400 million, being part of $2.1 billion arms money diverted by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.



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