It was all laughter, jubilations and celebrations as former National Publicity Secretary, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh returns
Anaedoonline.ng reported that the Federal High Court, Abuja, admitted Olisa Metuh, to N250 million bail.
Justice Nkeonye Maha gave the order, in a ruling, following a motion on notice with charge number: FHC/ABJ/CR/05/2016 dated and filed on Dec. 21 by a team of lawyers led by Dr Oyechi Ikpeazu, counsel to Metuh.
Justice Maha ruled that the surety must be a responsible citizen and owner of landed property/properties within the jurisdiction of the court which value should not be below the bail sum.
The judge ordered that once the bail conditions were perfected, the registry of the court shall bring the release warrant for her signature to order the Superintendent of Nigeria Correctional Service, Kuje, in whose custody Metuh was remanded to release him forthwith.
“That registry of this court shall verify the property/properties with the address of the surety and depose to an affidavit of same.
“That original title deeds of the property/properties shall be deposited in the registry of this honourable court.
“That surety shall depose to an affidavit of means and submit recent passport of himself/herself for record purpose,” she held.
The judge also granted Metuh’s application to travel within and outside the jurisdiction of the court for 45 days only, beginning from the date of the order.
In protest, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) urged the Supreme Court to reverse the December 16, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which voided the conviction and sentencing of the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In three separate notices of appeal filed by its lawyer, Sylvanus Tahir, the EFCC also urged the apex court to void the Appeal Court finding that a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, was indicted in the February 25, 2020 judgment by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
In the verdict, Justice Abang had convicted Metuh and his firm for money laundering, sentencing the politician to seven years in prison and ordering that the company be wound up.
But the Court of Appeal revered the judgment on the grounds that the trial judge exhibited bias in handling the case and ordered a retrial.
The Court of Appeal, in a third appeal by Dasuki, upheld the appeal and set aside some aspects of the trial court’s judgment which it said indicted the ex-NSA.
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