Justice Okon Abang-led Abuja Federal High Court has just fixed Tuesday, June 20, 2017 for the continuation of trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Olisa Metuh.
Metuh’s trial which has been on suspension for about six months will now resume tomorrow after Justice Abang dismissed his application for stay of proceeding in obedience to the June 9, 2017, ruling of the Supreme Court.
Abang also struck out, in a separate ruling another application seeking the release of the Metuh’s passport which is in the court’s custody.
Ordering the resumption of trial on Tuesday, Justice Abang ruled, “The coast is now clear for the resumption of the trial that was suspended to abide the outcome of the application dated March 17, 2017. The application has been dismissed.
“In the light of this, the matter is adjourned until 1 pm on June 20, 2017, for further hearing of the first defendant’s case.”
The former spokesman of the PDP is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on seven counts charges of fraud and money laundering charges.
The alleged offences involved the sums of $2m and N400m which the defendants allegedly received unjustifiably from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014 allegedly to fund the PDP’s 2015 presidential campaign.