The inability of a fomer National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, to attend court proceedings, Tuesday, was due to his collapse in church on Sunday.
Metuh’s counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, adding his client was currently on admission at the National Hospital, Abuja.
At the resumed hearing of the case, when Metuh was scheduled to call his seventh defence witness, Ikpeazu, sought an adjournment of the trial till Wednesday to enable his client to obtain a medical report on his health condition.
Ikpeazu said, “The first defendant is absent because he is sick. He was rushed to the National Hospital in Abuja on Sunday after he collapsed while trying to stand up from his seat to sing in his church.”
The lawyer told the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang this, while giving reasons for the absence of Metuh from court.
The former spokesperson for the PDP is being prosecuted along with his company, Destra Investment Limited, for offences relating to separate transactions of N400m and $2m.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Metuh and Destra Investment Limited on seven counts, including fraud involving N400m which he allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014 without any justification.
The fund was said to have been released to Metuh and his firm by the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), from about $2.1bn allegedly earmarked by the then President Goodluk Jonathan Administration for the purchase of arms to fight insurgency in the North East.
The EFCC also alleged that money laundering was involved in the cash transaction with $2m, which was said to be above limit of cash payments allowed by law.