Alleged N400m fraud: Absence of judge stalls Olisa Metuh’s re-arraignment

The absence of Justice Obiora Egwuatu of a Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday stalled the re-arraignment of National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, alleged N400 million fraud.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the had, on Sept. 28, fixed today for Metuh’s re-arraignment, Justice Egwuatu’s inability to sit on that day.The case, which on 16 on the Thursday’s cause list, however, could not proceed again due to the trial judge’s absence.Egwuatu said to be attending judges’ seminar in Lagos .The court, therefore, fixed Feb. 15, 2022 for PDP spokesman’s retrial.NAN reports that the Court of Appeal, Abuja on Dec. 16, 2020, nullified a Federal High Court judgement that convicted and sentenced Metuh to seven years imprisonment for money laundering. 

In a unanimous decision, a three-man panel of Justices of the appellate court, held that the judgment of the trial Judge, Okon Abang, delivered against Metuh on Feb. 25, 2020, tainted with bias.The appellate court held that Abang, had disparaging remarks he in the judgement, betrayed his premeditated mindset against the defendant (Metuh) whom he of writing various petitions against him.

According to Justice Stephen Adah who delivered the lead verdict of the appellate court, allowing the trial court’s verdict to stand “will set a dangerous precedent.”Consequently, it voided the conviction and sentence that handed to Metuh and his firm, Destra Investment Limited, and remitted the case file back to the high court for a re-trial another judge.NAN reports that Metuh jailed the allegation that he received the sum of N400 million from the National Security Adviser, rtd Col.

Sambo Dasuki, prior to the 2015 Presidential Election, without contract approval or execution.His earlier conviction followed a seven-count charge that preferred against him and his firm the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).(NAN)