A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday reserved judgments in two separate appeals by the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
A three-man panel of the appeal court led by Justice Abdul Aboki reserved the judgment after taking arguments from the counsels, even as the court held that dates of judgments would be communicated to parties through their lawyers.
It will be recalled, the country’s premier anti-graft agency is prosecuting Metuh and his company before Justice Abang on charges of money laundering and alleged fraudulent receipt of funds from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
Metuh had approached the court of appeal seeking it to set aside the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which had last month held that Metuh had a case to answer bordering on money laundering.
After refusing Metuh’s no-case submission, Justice Okon Abang, asked him to open his defence to the case in the criminal matter but Metuh in the appeal filed by his counsel, Chief Onyehi Ikpeazu, SAN, urged the appellate court to hold that the EFCC that prosecuted Metuh failed to establish a nexus linking him to the said offence.
In the same vein, Kanu and his co-accused, David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu, had appealed against the ruling of Justice John Tsoho also of the Federal High Court, Abuja, in which the judge agreed to the prosecution’s request to shield the identities of its witnesses in Kanu’s trial on charges including treasonable felony.
Kanu is contending in his appeal, that Justice Tsoho’s March 7 ruling, having earlier on February 19, refused the prosecution’s motion for witness protection.