BREAKING NEWS: Olisa Metuh Freed As Appeal Court Says Justice Abang Was Biased |The Republican News

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday set aside the conviction and seven year jail term slapped on erstwhile National Publicity Secretary, NPS of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja.

Justice Abang had found Metuh guilty of money laundering charges.

However, a three-man panel of the Appeal Court led by Justice Stephen Adah in a unanimous judgment on Wednesday, held that the proceedings of the Justice Abang’s court were laced with malice and bias and could not be allowed to stand.

According to Justice Adah who read the lead judgment, Justice Abang had during the trial established that he was manifestly biased against Metuh and his companies and as such could not have delivered a sound judgment.

The Appeal court as such sent Metuh for fresh trial under a different judge who must not be Justice Abang.

Justice Abang had following the years long trial on February 25, 2020, sentenced Metuh to seven years’ imprisonment for allegedly receiving receiving N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser then being headed by Col Sambo Dasuki.

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Fayose Berates Justice Abang Over Olisa Metuh’s Court Appearance While On Hospital Bed

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described the controversial Federal High Court Judge, Okon Abang, as a disgrace to the judiciary in Nigeria, saying that the judge was acting more like a persecutor in the case of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, such that he ridiculed Nigeria by causing an accused to be brought to court on a stretcher.

The governor, who said it was clear that Justice Abang was out to satisfy the sinister aim of Metuh’s persecutors, said; “In saner climes, all that is needed as proof of inability to stand trial due to ill health is a doctor report from duly recognized health institution and one wonders whether medical report from federal government owned Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State should not have been enough to convince Justice Abang that Metuh was indeed sick.

According to a statement issued, on Tuesday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere OIayinka, Governor Fayose said; “Shame on Abang, a judge who goes to court robing himself in garment of corruption. Why didn’t he (Abang) dock Metuh with the stretcher on which he was brought to court yesterday despite all his initial bragging?

“The judge’s utterances during last month’s court appearance when he was told that Metuh was on admission and could not appear in court was a clear demonstration of malice and desperation to convict an accused person at all cost.

The governor said it was obvious that Justice Abang’s only aim was to satisfy the interest of those with evidence of his corrupt practices, adding that; “When they needed the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman, Danladi Umar to help them convict Senate President Bukola Saraki, they made the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to clear him of culpability in the N10 million bribery allegation levelled against him.

“In April 2016, the EFCC said via a letter signed by the Secretary of the Commission, Emmanuel Adegboyega Aremo that ‘after investigating the case for some time, it became clear that the whole allegation bordered in the realm of mere suspicion and would be difficult to charge the CCT judge to court based on the allegation.’

“Today, the same Umar that they cleared has been charged to court by the EFCC on the same allegation.

“Obviously, they intend to use the criminal charges filed against the CCT chairman to blackmail him into doing their sinister bidding of convicting Senator Saraki at all cost just as they are doing in the case of Metuh.

“On August 18, 2016, five Appeal Court justices in their judgment in the case of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu Vs. Samson Ogah, said Justice Abang committed a rape on democracy!

“Also, a three-member panel of Appeal Court judges led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa said the judgement delivered by Justice Abang on October 14, 2016 was as ‘fraudulent as it was violent’ and that the judge acted like Father Christmas.

“If not because of his ability to do hatchet jobs for those presently holding Nigeria at the jugular, how can a judge like Abang that has been adjudged severally as giving fraudulent judgments and acting like Father Christmas still sit in judgment over cases involving Nigerians?”

“We therefore call on the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice  Walter Onnoghen to do something on Abang to save the bench in the hand of judges like him.  (The Sun)

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Ex-President Jonathan Ordered To Appear In Court As Olisa Metuh’s Witness |RN

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear before it to testify as a witness in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh.

The judge has therefore issued a subpoena compelling the former president to appear before the court, on Wednesday, October 25.

Jonathan is to appear as defence witness in the suit filed by the federal government against Metuh.

Metuh is facing trial for allegedly receiving N400 million from the $2.1 billion dollars arms fund from the former National Security Adviser to Doctor Jonathan, Colonel Sambo Dasuki

Metuh’s lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) earlier told the court that he would subpoena the former president as defence witness during a session at the court, on Monday.

Ikpeazu said further that a letter has already been written to the former president but he was yet to respond.  (The Sun)

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