Ill-health stalls Metuh’s trial



The trial of former National of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Olisa Metuh, was stalled on Monday at the Federal High Court, Abuja, due to his illhealth.

Metuh, is standing trial alongside his company, Destra Investment Limited, was not court, as Mr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), his told the court his client was on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Hospital.

Ikpeazu, also  presented a letter written to effect by O.C Ekwuegwu.

He prayed the court for an adjournment to enable his client heal so he would be fit enough to his trial.

to , Sylvanus Tahir, argued that the application was a ploy to further delay the case.

He, however, said that he conceded to an adjournment even though reluctantly and asked the court to the matter only to the next day, Jan. 23.

The judge, Justice Okon Abang his ruling noted that the matter was slated for the cross examination of the Metuh’s ninth witness by the prosecution.

“The first defendant (Metuh) is absent court today the witness is in court. The first defendant’s has presented a letter dated Jan.21 by O.C Ekwuegwu of Nnamdi Azikiwe Hospital.

“The letter says Metuh has been on admission since Jan. 20 on account of ill health.

“I note that Tahir has reluctantly conceded to an adjournment so I am inclined to the matter in the interest of justice.”

Abang adjourned the matter until for cross examination of the  ninth witness.

Metuh  is standing trial on a seven-count charge which involves laundering two million dollars and  fraudulently receiving N400 million from the former National Security , Sambo Dasuki.(NAN)