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S’Court fails to save Metuh from alleged N400m fraud trial, says he has case to answer

S’Court fails to save Metuh from alleged N400m fraud trial, says he has case to answer

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh’s hope of having the Supreme Court free him from his ongoing alleged N400 million and $2 million trial at the Federal High Court has failed.

The apex court sacked Metuh’s appeal before it, ruling that he has a case to answer in the money laundering charges instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Metuh had approached the Supreme Court after the Appeal Court dismissed his appeal against the ongoing trial for being incompetent and upheld the March 9, 2016 ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja dismissing the defendants’ no-case submission.

Delivering its judgment on the appeal on Friday, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court on the separate appeals filed by Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, unanimously affirmed the May 25, 2016 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

The ruling of the Court of Appeal which was affirmed by the apex court on Friday had held that the appeals by the appellants failed to comply with constitutional requirement.

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Metuh and his firm, Destra Investments Limited, are being prosecuting by the EFCC on seven count charges bordering on money laundering involving allegations of receiving N400 million fraudulently from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.

This is coming after Metuh was on Monday brought before the Federal High Court, Abuja on a stretcher.

His lawyers had to bring him in a stretcher after Justice Abang had at the previous hearing of the matter, accused Metuh, of smuggling a fraudulent medical report into the court and vowed to send him back to prison if he does not turn a new leaf.

 

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