Former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Chief Olisa Metuh has lost in his bid to travel overseas for medical reasons, Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja, ruled Wednesday.
Abang noted that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain Metuh’s application.
He said because there was a subsisting order directing Metuh to deposit his international passport with the chief registrar of the High Court as part of his bail conditions, his hands were tied to grant the request.
He added that Metuh through his counsel did not apply to vary the bail conditions.
“This is not a case of sympathy, but a case of law. This court has no jurisdiction to entertain this application,”
“The court is not Father Christmas to give to the defendant what it did not ask for.
“The application lacks merit. It is accordingly dismissed. The court cannot set aside its decision.”
Metuh had appeal for leave to travel abroad to attend to his failing health.
Justice Abang had fixed Wednesday for ruling after listening to arguments from both the prosecution and defence counsels.
On Monday, Metuh failed to appear in court due to what his counsel Onyechi Ikpeazu termed ‘bed test’s at the National Hospital, Abuja, as ordered by Metuh’s physician.