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Court throws out Metuh's suit to stop trial

09 March 2016, 12:06

Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a case of fundamental rights filed by the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

Metuh is facing a seven-count charge of corruption and money laundering, for illegally receiving and spending N400 million, being part of $2.1 billion arms money diverted by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Metuh had approached the court with an application seeking his release from detention, following his arrest in January.

Also read: EFCC amends charges against Metuh

His lawyer, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, argued that his client was unlawfully detained by the commission and had asked the court to declare a magistrate court’s order of the arrest unconstitutional.

The counsel to the EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, however said the order was made by a court of law, hence Metuh’s detention could not have been unconstitutional.

In his ruling, the trial Judge, Okon Abang, ruled that the EFCC or any order agent of the government can detain Metuh, based on an order of court.

EFCC had in a seven-count charge it preferred against Metuh and his firm, alleged that the N400m was part of about $2.1billion that was originally earmarked for the purchase of arms to prosecute the war against insurgency in the country.

- News 24


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