I’ll Continue with Your Trial Despite Petition Against Me, Justice Abang Tells Metuh

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday sounded defiance concerning the petition written against him by National Publicity of Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, as he insisted that he must go on with the trial.
Metuh, through his lawyers on Thursday, asked Justice Abang to excuse himself in his trial, asking that the case be transferred to another Judge.
But Justice Abang, while reacting to a petition by Metuh’s counsel Emeka Etiaba (SAN), the court cannot be intimidated.
The Judge observed that a copy of the letter was not sent to the prosecution counsel Sylvanus Tahir and said the action of the lawyer was unethical.
He said a circular from the National Judicial Council (NJC) warned judges not to withdraw from a case in which a petition has been written until the authorities decide.
“The Court won’t be blackmailed. I so hold.
“I want to say on this that I have a circular by my employer, the National Judicial Council, that where there is a petition in a matter seeking the transfer of the case to another Judge, that Judge handling the case shall continue to preside over the matter until decision is taken by authority the petition was addressed to.
“On account of this circular, I shall continue to preside over this matter until the Honourable Chief Judge of this court takes a decision on Emeka Etiaba’s petition‎”
Metuh was scheduled to open his defence today (Thursday) following a seven count charge preffered against him boedering on fraud related cases.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Metuh and his firm, Destra Investments Limited,relating to the N400m he received from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2012 and $2m money laundering cash transaction.
The Judge on March 9 dismissing his no-case submission, declaring that he (Metuh) had case to answer.
This is after the prosecutor had call eight witnesses.

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