#Dasukigate: Court defers ruling on Olisa Metuh’s rights case

The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr Oilsa Metuh, at the Federal High Court, where he is standing trial over alleged N400m fraud, in Abuja

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has deferred its ruling on the application brought by the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party , Olisa Metuh, for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.

Mr. Metuh had approached the court to protest the alleged abuse of his fundamental human rights by various federal agencies in the ongoing case of alleged fraud and money laundering levelled against him.

Mr. Metuh is facing a seven-count charge of money laundering brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The application, which was against the Attorney General of the Federation (first respondent), the EFCC, (second respondent), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, tThird Respondents), the Inspector General of Police, (fourth respondent), and Nigeria Immigration Service, (fifth respondent) sought to ensure the enforcement of Mr. Metuh fundamental human rights, alleged to have been breached.

Mr. Metuh’s counsel, Olagoke Fakunle, prayed the court make an order compelling the respondents to stay all actions that might negate his client’s interest.

But counsel to the second respondent, Cosmos Ugu, prayed the court to refuse the application, stressing that the time for its hearing was not yet due, since the respondents were still within time to file their reply briefs.

Justice Okon Abang agreed with Mr. Ugwu and ruled that the matter was not ripe for hearing.

He added that the order requested by Mr. Fakunle based on order four rule two of the rights rule could not be allowed in the interim, but that since all parties to the case were present when the matter was raised by Metuh’s counsel, he (Mr. Abang) would follow up and act accordingly if he becomes aware of any abuse of Mr. Metuh’s rights.

He adjourned the case to January 25


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