The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has told Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja, to return former publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh to prison over his non-appearance in court for trial.
The former PDP spokesman and his company, Destra Investments Limited, are standing trial before the court on seven counts, including receiving fraudulently the sum of N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.
Metuh, who was said to have been hospitalised at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, was earlier absent from court on Monday and yesterday.
As a result of his absence from his trial yesterday, the commission’s lawyer, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, applied that Metuh be sent to jail and made to attend his trial from prison.
Tahir, while reacting to Metuh’s lawyer’s application for further adjournment yesterday, faulted the January 21, 2018 medical report of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, sent to the court indicating that the defendant was on admission for treatment.
The prosecutor argued that without the medical report backed by a verifying affidavit and without the document making any reference to the case pending in court, the report was nothing but a trash that should be consigned to the dustbin.
He urged the court to reject the request of the defence for an investigation into the authenticity of the letter, adding that a fresh application by Metuh to call 10 additional witnesses for his defence was part of his plan to stall the trial.
He, therefore, said the steps taken by Metuh had undermined the administration of criminal justice and deserved the revocation of the bail granted the defendant.
“The court should decline the invitation to order investigation into the veracity of the letter. There is no basis for that. There is no basis to suggest that the court must believe this letter.”The letter is not attached to an affidavit. How will the prosecution investigate the document?” he argued.
EFCC is prosecuting Metuh over allegation that he had, before the 2015 Presidential election, received N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, without executing any contract.
Meanwhile, Metu has been reportedly admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi.
There were fears over Metu’s state of health when a anonymous source disclosed that he was rushed to a medical facility in Anambra following a sudden breakdown.