The trial of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, has been abjourned to May 17.
This is even as he said despite his I’ll health, he came to court because he was prepared to defend himself against the charges slammed on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.Chief Metuh on Tuesday, was said to have slumped as he came into the National Working Committee meeting hall at the party secretariat to witness the inauguration of the caretaker committees of the party in Borno and Kebbi states.
A source close to the PDP chieftain said Metuh suddenly collapsed during the event, and was unable to move his body.
He was rushed to the National Hospital where he was presently hospitalised.
The adjournment followed the application of Metuh’s counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) to shift the case forward because of Metuh’s Ill health.
Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja had no option than to adjourned the case especially with the defence team making no objection
Metuh who was reported to have fallen from a swivel chair and immediately rushed to the National Hospital, Abuja on Tuesday, appeared in court on Wednesday, but was observed to be limping slightly as he walked out of the courtroom shortly after the case was adjourned.
Metuh was to call his second defence witness on Wednesday, when his lawyer, Ikpeazu (SAN), informed the court that his client was indisposed and sought an adjournment for two weeks.
Ikpeazu said he was considering calling additional five witnesses.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, who acknowledged that Metuh was ill, did not object to Ikpeazu’s request for an adjournment for two weeks.
Metuh told journalists after the proceedings that he was involved in an accident and was currently on admission at the National Hospital, Abuja.
He said his physicians advised him to remain in the hospital but he chose to attend court to avert the possibility of the court having to revoke the bail earlier granted him.
He said, “My lawyers advised that I rest awhile. But I decided to come to court so that the court will not revoke the bail granted me. You know I am on bail. And, if I stay away and do not attend proceedings, the court my decided to revoke my bail.
“I am eager to defend myself in this case. There a lot that people do not know about this case. We will reveal everything in our defence.”