The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh and his Counsel will be happier now.
A Federal High Court in Abuja, Wednesday, has eased Metuh’s bail conditions to make it easier for the embattled Metuh to be released on bail.
Metuh’s Counsel Emeka Etiaba has consistently argued that the earlier bail conditions granted Metuh were too stringent after the court ruled a surety must have landed property in Maitama, Abuja.
Metuh’s Counsel wanted the court to change the site of landed property for surety to any part within the FCT.
Going by a ruling of Justice Okon Abang, granting in part Metuh’s application for variation of the bail conditions, the PDP spokesperson would no longer be required to produce two sureties who must have property strictly in the Maitama area of Abuja.
While the bail sum of N400m and other attached conditions remain, Metuh’s proposed sureties, who the court insisted must be resident in Abuja, could now be owners of property with valid title documents “in any district of the Federal Capital Territory”.
The court delivered a bench ruling on the application filed on January 26 shortly after Metuh’s lawyer, Etiaba (SAN), moved it on Wednesday.
But the court in its ruling rejected an aspect of Metuh’s application seeking the removal of the bail condition directing the prosecuting counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, to within 24 hours of being notified, verify the addresses of the proposed sureties and the certificates of occupancy of the property to be presented by them.
The court rejected the second leg of the application despite disregarding the opposition by prosecuting counsel to that aspect of the prayer for failing to file his objection to the application within 24 hours earlier given him to do so.
Metuh has spent 12 days in detention since he was granted bail but had remained in prison detention due to his inability to meet the bail conditions.