At dramatic bail hearing, lawyer denies Metuh tore own statement

FILE PHOTO: 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

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday granted bail to the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh.

To regain his freedom, Justice Okon Abang however said Mr. Metuh must deposit N400 million bail bond – same amount he is accused of illegally receiving; two sureties who must have properties in Maitama area of Abuja, and who must also deposit N200 million each.

Mr. Metuh is facing a seven-count charge of corruption.

He is accused of receiving N400 million from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. The amount is part of the allegedly diverted sum of $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms.

Upon resumption in court, Tuesday, Mr. Metuh’s counsel, Christ Uche, reminded the court that the most important condition for allowing an application for bail was the defendant’s availability for trial.

Mr. Uche said his client had shown unwavering determination to be available for trial.

He also said the allegation that Mr. Metuh attempted to tear his statement, was false, saying the EFCC failed to produce copies of the turn documents, as evidence that there was such an incident.

Citing Section 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, Mr. Uche said his client was willing to comply with laid down rules for his bail.

He added that the EFCC failed in its duty to complete investigations before filing a charge against the defendant.

Mr. Uche prayed the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms, stressing that all those involved in the alleged $2.1 billion scandal, (Sambo Dasuki and Raymond Dokpesi) had previously been granted bail by the same court.

He also prayed the court to place an order restraining the EFCC from unduly arresting Mr. Metuh, saying his client has the right to enjoy the proposed bail.

But counsel to the EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, asked the court to take into cognisance the possibility of the defendant attempting to jump bail, saying that he had exhibited tendencies of impeding with the process of investigation, while in the EFCC’s custody.

He said investigation into the allegation of money laundering was still ongoing and that findings could be made by the EFCC that would require the presence of Mr. Metuh at the commission for questioning.

Mr. Tahir added that the law empowered the EFCC to obtain an order of a Magistrate for the arrest of the accused.

He then prayed the court to refuse the application for bail adding that the applicants did not make available sufficient materials to support their prayer, a point vehemently opposed by Mr. Uche.

But Mr. Abang noted that the EFCC’s claim that the defendant may attempt to impede with the process of justice, based on an earlier allegation of Mr. Metuh’s behaviour while in the commission’s custody, were mere speculation.

He said the EFCC was yet to produce evidence that proved that Mr. Metuh attempted to tear his statement, before the court.

“Section 135, (1) and (2) says the burden of prove of such allegation and crime must be made by the person alleging it,” said Mr. Abang.

He further said there were no facts before the court to back the said allegations, adding that the court cannot deny Mr. Metuh bail on the basis of a mere speculation.

Mr. Abang then ruled that the sureties to be provided by Mr. Metuh must produce documents of Certificate of Occupancy for the assets they have at Maitama, with two passports attached, along with three years certificate of tax clearance for the said assets.

He added that the sureties must swear an affidavit to take full responsibility of Mr. Metuh’s actions if he attempts to jump bail.

Mr. Metuh, who was also asked to submit his international passports to the office of the court registrar, was however refused his second prayer, which sought to prevent the EFCC from being able to rearrest him after he had been granted bail.

According to the judge, the details of the second prayer were not contained in the initial application, and were therefore refused.

Hearing into the substantive suit will start on January 25.


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  • Bawan Allah

    Well he has to do it. He is depending his contract.

  • TrueFairGame

    I think this judgement is fair enough. Same amount he received and sureties might also be difficult to find quickly. Wahala de

    • Bola

      Some of our SANs are Billionaires and can easily met the conditions. 16 years of plundering the Nation has left good money in the hands of “55” Nigerians. They will meet the bail conditions, they always do.

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    The recent 6 agreements between Nigeria and UAE bodes well! INCREASINGLY, There WILL BE NO HIDING PLACES for the LOOTERS of our commonwealth; WHO made Dubai, UAE, their BACKYARD for LODGING STOLEN monies and have bought Millions of PROPERTY there. Smart move by Nigeria with these agreements!

  • Chuks

    Danger for Metuh! The judge refused an order preventing the EFCC from re-arresting Metuh. It is very likely Metuh will be rearrested at the famous gate of Kuje prisons for the next offence of chewing papers in the presence of law enforcement agents thereby attempting suicide which is punishable by further detention. Metuh is the ‘Okuchatalu Onye isi ala 1’ of PDP, ‘Onye Nnapu 1 of Aso rock’, and ‘Ozulu Uwa Onu 1’ of PDP National Working Committee. He must be kept safe!

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      You don kill me o!Lwkmd

    • Bola

      If the Judge had granted that request, he would have given Metuh immunity through the back door. No reasonable Judge will grant that type of order except money has changed hands; or he intends to pervert justice.

  • Night Crawler

    Yam eaters association spokes person metuh has no where to run as long as his international passport is with efcc

    • Akatikpo

      No one is running away from anybody. A clear conscience fears no accusation.

      • tundemash

        Yeah right … like Nduka Obiagbena or cross-dresser Alamaseghia ?

        • Sir Demo

          And Maina, Obanikoro, Omisore!

          • tundemash

            Have they all fled too ?

          • Sir Demo

            Since!

        • Baba B

          Like Kingsley Kuku too

  • tundemash

    Metuh has just been checkmated . Arraign the next rogue please !

  • Sir Demo

    With these heavy fines, When EFCC, ICPC and CCT begin the next round of looting cases, there won’t be enough surety again to bail these criminals again. God bless Bubu and his team, the CJN too.

    • Olu from South Africa

      Lol! Comedy from the home front. Part I. I am enjoying the show.

  • Niyi Akinlabu

    There was an ‘Abuja Yam Festival’ where a few celebrants ate more than they could handle. Now is the time for ‘regurgitation’, ‘puking’ and ‘diarrhea’ resulting from the illicit feast.
    I’ve never been happier as a Nigerian.

  • whales1212

    I said it,this EFCC are getting smarter. Metuh will meet the bail conditions,will be realeased and rearrested for destroying govt property,then evidence will be produced in court. Isn’t that cool! I’m just loving this,it’s time to be proud of being hard working and being contented in Nigeria. These unpatriotic devils make people feel contentment doesn’t pay. I really don’t see how this mouthy man will get out of this tbh.

  • Idiong Divine

    The bail amount stipulated for the suspect is quite high but not out of reach of his party. If his party really is behind him as they have been portending, then the suspect will be out on bail in an instant.

  • favourtalk

    One by one, they will all vomit our money and that is what I important, we need the stolen money back when the the clueless man was in government. Better days are here

  • Sambo

    Nigerians need to have a far-sight as regards how this government is fighting their own corruption. This fight is one that will foster disunity and wreck the nation of the hard earned glories it has possessed.