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Court strikes out Metuh’s application to travel abroad

25 May 2016, 13:20

Abuja - The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has rejected an application filed by the former National Publicity Secretary, People Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, asking for the release of his International Passport to enable him travel abroad for medical treatments for a spinal cord aliment.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, while dismissing the application, held that he was concerned that Metuh would abscond and not be available to conclude his trial if he was allowed to travel abroad.

Also read: Metuh appears in court despite ill health

Justice Abang further held that Metuh cannot pretend not to be aware of the existing order of the court on his International Passport.

According to him, Metuh’s application amounted to asking to reverse its earlier order that allowed him to be on bail, since his passport form one of his bail conditions.

He added that a bail condition could only be varied when an accused person has not been able to set the conditions.

Metuh had on May 16, applied to the court through his Counsel, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), asking it to return his travel document to enable him travel abroad for five weeks to access medication for a spinal cord related illness.

- News 24


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