Court Grants Metuh Another N300 million Bail
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted has granted Olisa Metuh, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), bail in the sum N300m and two sureties in like sum.
The bail is in relation to the charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), accusing him of destroying his confessional statement.
“Olisa Metuh on the 5th day of January 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory destroyed a document, to wit: a statement made under caution to investigators/operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on the 5th of January 2016, with the intention of preventing the same from being produced or used as evidence in a court of law,” the charge reads.
The offence is punishable under Section 166 of the Penal Code Cap 532 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, (Abuja) 2004.
Onyechi Ikpeazu, Metuh’s lawyer, had prayed the court to exercise a lenient discretion in granting the accused person bail.
He argued that Metuh was presumed innocent under the law until he is pronounced guilty by the court. He therefore asked the court to grant his client bail on self-recognisance.
Although, Sylvanus Tahir, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), did not object to the bail application, he asked the court to grant Metuh bail on terms that would make him present in court for his trial.
The court thereafter gave its ruling, granting the accused person bail in the sum of N300m.
The PDP spokesman is also facing a seven-count charge for money laundering to the tune of N400m at the federal high court, Abuja.
He has earlier been granted a bail of N400 million, bringing the total bail condition to N700 million.