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Former PDP Spokesman, Olisa Metuh Collapses in Court

Valentine Chinyem



Former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, today collapsed during his trial in an Abuja High Court.

Mr. Metuh was said to be making his way to the dock, when he suddenly collapsed. Medical personnel as well as his relatives ran to his aid. However, the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, had to stand down the matter to enable the former PDP spokesman receive medical attention.
It will be recalled that Mr. Metuh was arraigned on February 5, 2018, at the Federal High Court in Abuja, after he was brought to court in an ambulance, before going in for his trial on a stretcher.
Mr. Metuh is standing trial for allegedly laundering N400million, being part of the funds linked with former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

The Federal High Court Sitting in Abuja also denied him permission to go abroad for medical treatment, on March 14, 2018.

However, after he was attended to, Abang said the trial would go on but Emeka Etiaba, counsel to Metuh, argued that the court could not go on when his client was lying on a stretcher.

“The 1st defendant had a terrible fall while trying to mount the dock, and I don’t even know if he is alive on that stretcher,” Etiaba said.

“Since the court has insisted on proceeding with trial, I announce my withdrawal from the trial.”

Justice Abang refused Etiaba’s withdrawal.