Anambra Progressive Union (APU), yesterday urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urgently subject the former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to an independent medical examination to ascertain the true facts of his health.
The Union which decried the refusal to allow Metuh attend to his health issues because of his alleged corruption trial asked the commission to do the medical examination in any place of its choice in order for him to get proper medical attention abroad.
The ANU stated this in a communiqué jointly signed by its coordinator Mr. Amechi Onowu, Secretary Mr. Obinna Okafor and legal adviser, Barr. Ikenna Azubuike.
They noted that “after careful considerations of the facts of Chief Olisa Metuh health, we have resolved as follows:
“That operatives of EFCC and Federal Government should as a matter of urgency subject Chief Olisa Metuh to an independent examination in any place of their choice to ascertain the true facts of his health, and if in concurrence with his provided medical reports, he should be allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment.”
They, however, added that while Metuh is asking for leave to travel for medical treatment; former governor of Adamawa state, Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (Rtd) facing trial for N29billion has been granted leave twice to travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj, and just recently former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Alex Badeh (Rtd) facing trial for N3.9billion was granted leave to travel to UK, to visit friends and family members.
They also added that Metuh had already provided medical reports from three (3) different government hospitals, including MRI, X-Rays and CT-Scan – still his medical treatment is been opposed.
They also stressed that Metuh has already provided two sureties (Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka and Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu), who are willing; including his lawyers, to provide any further condition necessary to allow Chief Olisa Metuh to go for medical treatment.
The Union noted that based on its investigations, Metuh’s medical crisis started in 2008 when he was diagnosed of spinal stenosis and was recommended for a Laminectomy at National Hospital, Abuja after he fell down.
They added that while he didn’t have a surgery then because he was afraid, he traveled to Dubai and was advised to do hot water therapy by the doctors as palliative.
“Following his incarceration by EFCC at Kuje prisons in 2016 and his fall from his office chair, his health deteriorated. His medical team in National Hospital, Abuja advised for a definite surgery – however, recommended it should be in a hospital with spinal cord monitoring devices.
“With the continuous opposition to grant Chief Olisa Metuh leave to travel abroad for surgery, coupled with his deteriorating health which could lead to paralyses if not operated on; he agreed to fly his doctors from London, for him to be operated here in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the unavailability of the spinal cord monitoring device stalled the surgery,” they said.
The Anambra union however noted that it is obvious some people want the most vocal and active politician from Anambra state (and arguably in the southeast) since 1999, deactivated and silenced.
“That APU would commence engagements with Southeast Traditional rulers, Religious leaders, Town Union President Generals, Student and Market leaders on the bias and unfair trial of Chief Olisa Metuh.
“The case of Chief Olisa Metuh, the circumstances surrounding it and the boast by a Special Adviser to the Chairman of EFCC; it is important that the Chief Justice of Nigeria should investigate his case, to ensure fair hearing as stipulated in section 36 of the Nigeria constitution, justice and abuse of his fundamental human rights.”
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