The ongoing corruption trial of the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday has been adjourned and fixed for May 30, following his absent due to ill-health.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, on charges including fraudulent collection of N400m from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, in November 2014.
At the resumed trial, the judge, Justice Okon Abang, asked about Metuh’s whereabouts.
Replying the judge, Metuh’s lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), said the defendant was currently admitted at the National Hospital, Abuja.
After much deliberation, the judge conceded to the request for adjournment and fixed May 30 for continuation of trial.
Justice Abang also fixed Wednesday (tomorrow) for ruling on an application by Metuh seeking the release of his passport to enable him travel to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.
It would be recalled, after yesterday’s trial, Metuh gave reasons to why he needed to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Speaking to pressmen outside the court room, the PDP scribe said his decision was based on medical advice that he should undergo a spinal cord surgery at a good hospital.
Mr. Metuh said his health deteriorated when he fell recently during a meeting of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“When I fell from the chair, I had a spinal compression and it aggravated the problem,” he said, adding that “I have abandoned my chosen career, even the last convention I did not take part, because of my health. It is a serious issue.”
“To be honest, I am really scared of a spinal cord operation. It can lead to paralysis; it can cause many things,” Metuh added.
Asked about the allegation by the prosecution that his ill-health was stage-managed, Mr. Metuh said, “I do not wish any one ill-health”.
“I had a medical report, in that report, the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) has a full indentation, so there is nothing that is being stage managed,” he said. “The reports are there as evidence before the court. When the prosecution is in that position then it can tell.”