EFCC Asks Supreme Court To Reinstate Olisa Metuh’s 7 Year Jail Term
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has urged the Supreme Court to reinstate the seven-year jail term imposed on former People’s Democratic Party’s spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, by Justice Okong Abang of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja.
The anti-graft agency’s counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, also asked the apex court to set aside the Appeal court’s verdict which had vacated the trial judge’s sentence on December 16, 2020.
THE WHISTLER earlier reported that the Appeal Court Abuja had quashed Metuh’s jail term on the grounds that the trial judge, Abang, who sentenced him, was bias.
A three-man panel led by Justice Stephen Adah gave the verdict in a unanimous judgment while ordering that a fresh trial be conducted under the supervision of another judge.
The panel also exonerated the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki from all allegations leveled against him in Metuh’s judgement.
On his part, Justice Abang had convicted Metuh and his companies, adding that they used public funds for personal and PDP activities.
Meanwhile, Tahir appealed to the apex court, seeking a reversal of the lower court’s verdict.
“An order de-nullifying the nullification of the judgment of the trial court by the court below and reinstating the conviction, sentences and fines imposed on the 1st respondent (Mr Metuh) by the judgement of the trial court.
“An order committing/reinstating the 1st respondent back to the Correctional Centre at Kuje (Abuja) to complete his term of imprisonment,” the appeal stated as quoted by Premium Times.