I need medical treatment overseas, Metuh insists

Metuh arrives court in wheelchair insists on being treated abroad

Metuh arrives court in wheelchair insists on being treated abroad

Former National Publicity Secretary of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, was wheeled in a wheelchair to the resumption of his money laundering trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

During proceedings, Metuh's counsel, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), asked the court that his client be allowed to travel to the United Kingdom to seek adequate medical treatment for his worsening health.

The former PDP spokesman, who is facing trial alongside his firm, Destra Investment Limited was alleged to have received N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), prior to the 2015 presidential election.

The EFCC told the court that the N400m, released to the defendants by the erstwhile NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, (rtd),‎ ‎was part of the $2.1 billion earmarked for the purchase of arms to prosecute the war against insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.

The agency alleged that the fund was electronically wired from an account that ONSA operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to Metuh, via account no. 0040437573, which his firm operated with Diamond Bank Plc. The sureties, the court held must have properties in Maitama district of Abuja.

He said: "It is instructive to note that the facts now are different from the facts relied on in the previous application".

The judge had also earlier raised the question as to whether the court as constituted had the power to hear the application seeking the release of Metuh's global passport.

This is the third time Metuh would ask the court to release his passport for him to seek medical attention overseas.

He added that the present application seeking permission to travel overseas did not provide sufficient materials before the court to enable the court grant his request.

According to Etiaba, the exercise of discretion is always based on the material made available to the court and the ruling on the last two applications was based on material made available to the court at that time.

On the issue that the court had said it would not entertain a medical report from any doctor in Nigeria with regards to Metuh's case; Etiaba said that they were relying on a letter from a neurosurgeon in the UK.

Tahir said: "The latest application, being the third in the series, is an abuse of court process as the court has refused similar applications twice".

The prosecutor noted that there was also no medical report from a foreign doctor attached to the application.