Court Declines Metuh’s Application to Halt Proceedings

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The Abuja division of the Appeal Court on Monday, declined the application by the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh to stop his trial at the Federal High Court.

Metuh’s Counsel, Onyechi Ikeazu, had informed the Appeal Court of a pending application seeking to stop his trial at the Abuja Federal High Court where he is standing trial for money laundering and allegedly receiving the sum of N400m from the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

But Abdul Aboki, justice of the appeal court, ruled that it is not the practice of the court to stop the proceedings of a lower court while hearing of an appeal is pending.

“The practice before us here is not to stay proceedings at the lower court. Pursue your appeal and go a face your case at the lower court,” the judge said.

The hearing of the appeal was therefore adjourned to May 5 to enable the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Sylvanus Tahir, to file his brief of argument to the issues raised by Metuh in his appeal.

Meanwhile, on the ruling of the case of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, the court fixed May 5 for hearing, while another application by a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was adjourned to April 27 for hearing.