Dasukigate: Supreme Court rejects Metuh’s appeal

Former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic, Olisah Metuh.

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, should face trial for alleged fraud.

Mr. Metuh is standing trial for allegedly diverting N400 million from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The trial judge, Okon Abang, had in March 2016 ruled that Mr. Metuh and his company, Destra Investment, had a case to answer in the seven-count charge of fraud brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The ruling was upheld by the Court of Appeal in May 2016, resulting in a Supreme Court appeal.

In a ruling Friday, the Supreme Court gave the same reasons given by the Court of Appeal for refusing Mr. Metuh’s request.

According to the Court of Appeal, Mr. Metuh’s motion was regarded incompetent for failing to comply with constitutional provisions for the filing of such appeal.

The court said Mr. Metuh was wrong to have brought the appeal without first seeking the leave of the lower court, or that of the Appeal Court itself.

The Appeal Court therefore ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter, given the defective manner with which the suit was filed.

In a similar opinion, on Friday, a five-member panel of the Supreme Court, led by Dattijo Mohammed, said the court could not entertain a suit with a fundamental defect, emanating from the nature of filing at the lower court.

The unanimous judgement was read by Justice Ejembi Eko. The apex court said its decision was based on section 233 (2) of the 1999 Constitution.

“Where the Court of Appeal lacks the necessary jurisdiction, in the first place, to hear and determine the appeal before it, such as in the instant case, no decision of the court against the competent appeal lies to this court.

“It is for that reason I strike out the incompetent appeal and affirm the judgment of the lower court below,” Mr. Eko ruled.


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  • share Idea

    Supreme court admonish the lower court not to dismiss a case on technicality, and now, they are falling foul of same rule. Nigeria we hail thee

    • Anonymous

      When you have no knowledge just shut up.

    • Julius

      Na witch hunt of the special tribe…right ?

  • man

    just let the criminal die. that will teach all of them a lesson.

    • Du Covenant

      My broda don’t believe the shenanigans being cooked up by the enemies we have within. There is nothing wrong with metuh, all the nonsense displayed in court this week with the criminal on stretchers was nothing but show of utter insanity. If we are serious as a country, the priviledge to allow any citizen do as he/she pleases should be taken away once there is any cloud hanging over their head. There should be a clear distinction between criminals and law abiding citizens. metuh should never be allowed to go anywhere for any medical treatment. Many very law abiding citizens go through the healthcare system we have because of people like him for fault of their own, why can’t he be treated by the same system?. Every Nigerian public official suddenly becomes gravely ill once caught stealing, we were told dasuki needed treatment abroad and was about to die two and half years ago, he is still living and has the audacity to claim he forgot everything he did in office unless he is given access to his documents. Boy, how long are we going to allow criminals continue to insult our intelligence?. Let metuh be treated in Nigeria if he dies so be it as a criminal!

  • Ola

    If Metuh believes he is innocent of the charges, if should go and face the prosecution rather than going from pillar to post trying to evade trial.

    • Eluba Inas

      But he is not. He admitted taking the money. His problem now he cannot get Dasuki or Jonathan to testify on his behalf. You forgot he wrote his confession down and attempted to eat the paper later.

  • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

    N400m pot of soup ……………………… after “buying” the ingredients,e tire the man to chop ……………….. return the soup or money,na lie ……..watch him ……………. he is going to start the appeal process all over ……….

    • Sam

      Do they appeal supreme Court judgement?

  • Sam

    Where are the useless legislooters who are now trying to legalise looting through intimidation and harassment .eg the attack on the AGF and Magu.

  • Julius

    Be ni j’are. He had no idea of what he was talking about.. he never care anyway!