Olisa Metuh’s lawyer Onyechi Ikpeazu
(SAN) says the ex-PDP spokesperson is presently on admission at the
National Hospital Abuja where he is receiving treatment
Metuh reportedly collapsed in church on Sunday, January 8 while singing hymns during service
The former PDP chieftain was supposed to appear before Justice Okon Abang at the Federal High Court Abuja Former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisah Metuh collapsed and was rushed to the hospital at the weekend.
Metuh’s lawyer Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN)
disclosed this to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday,
January 10 while explaining why the politician was absent for the case
brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Ikpeazu said Metuh was admitted
following complications from the spinal cord ailment for which he had
earlier prayed the court to allow him leave for a scheduled surgery
He said Metuh fell when he stood up to
sing at his church on Sunday, January 8 and has since been on admission
at the National Hospital Abuja where he is receiving treatment.
Ikpeazu said doctors at the National
Hospital were still running series of tests and examinations on Metuh
and had insisted that they would only be able to issue a report later in
the day after collating the results of the tests.
He therefore urged the court to adjourn
the matter till the next day since the doctors had assured that the
report will be ready later today.
Ikpeazu also sought the court to direct
the prosecution and an officer of the court to accompany him to see
Metuh at the National Hospital if it is not satisfied with his
Addressing the court, Tochukwu
Onwugbufor, counsel to second defendant in the case – Destra Investments
Limited (Metuh’s company) – told the court that the first defendant
took ill and suddenly could not stand while attending church service on
Sunday after which it was realized that his lower limbs had gone numb.
According to him, Metuh was rushed to
the National Hospital where preliminary examination by doctors showed
that the untreated spinal cord ailment had triggered a complication
resulting in the numbness of his lower limbs.
Onwugbufor urged the court to note that
the defendant is human and susceptible to the frailties of life
including falling sick, and is only asking the court to grant him an
adjournment to enable his doctors conclude on the tests and issue a
report on him.
He argued that under the law, the defendant is entitled to such adjournments under such circumstance. However, in his argument, prosecution
counsel, Sylvanus Tahir said the explanations by the defence counsel do
not substitute for a sick certificate or a medical report from the
He urged the court to adjourn the case
to the following day after which it should invoke the relevant sections
of the laws to continue the case in the absence of the accused if he
fails to appear in court or produce the necessary medical documents.
However, Justice Okon Abang in a bench
ruling adjourned the case at the instance of the accused to Wednesday,
January 11, on the ground that the same day had already been listed for
continuation of trial on the case.
Metuh had been battling a spinal cord
ailment for which he had severally been admitted earlier and for which
he had been referred for a spinal surgery in a London hospital since
last year, NAIJ.com gathered from close sources. It was also gathered that that the facilities for the prescribed operation are not available in the country.
The court had in an, last year, earlier
denied an application by the first defendant to release his travel
document for treatment abroad.
Metuh was supposed to appear before
presiding judge Justice Abang in cases against him and his company
Destra Investment Limited for offences relating to separate transactions
of N400m and $2m.
EFCC had brought seven counts charge
against Metuh and Destra Investment Limited including fraud involving
N400m which he allegedly received from the Office of the National
Security Adviser in 2014 without any justification.
Meanwhile, former President Goodluck
Jonathan has stated his side to the allegation of receiving
gratification to approve the Malabu Oil transaction while he was in
Jonathan’s reaction came through his
spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, about 24 hours after news hit Nigeria that
he had been indicted in Italy.