Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh on Monday appeared at the Federal High Court in Abuja on a stretcher after being taken down from an ambulance.
Metuh is standing trial for alleged money laundering being part of the funds linked with former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd). His lawyer had, at the last adjourned date, informed the court presided by Justice Okon Abang that his client was at the Nnamdi Azikiwe specialist hospital for treatment on spinal cord complications.
The lawyers, led by Onyeachi Ikpeazu, asked for a long adjournment after presenting the hospital’s medical report on Metuh’s health condition.
But the presiding judge refused the application for a long adjournment and threatened to allow the application made by the prosecution for the revocation of Metuh’s bail if he fails to appear in court on Monday.
Ikpeazu informed the court that attempts to get Metuh’s doctor to give a timeframe for which he would be released from hospital proved abortive.
He, however, made a case for his client to be given a one-month adjournment as he was hopeful that Metuh should be fit to continue with his trial within the period.
The defence lawyer explained further that one month was a reasonable period for the doctors to carry out a valuable and reasonable assessment of his client.
In his ruling, Justice Abang said, “I have seen the condition that the first defendant is. Seeing the condition, I am inclined to adjourn this matter to allow the first defendant attend his trial”.
The trial judge held that even though the court of law must be firm in its decisions, it must be fair to parties and when occasion demands, the court needs to also be humane.
He then adjourned the case till March 14, 15 and 16, as pleaded by the counsel.
Metuh was consequently wheeled out of the courtroom and placed in an ambulance which had conveyed him to the court.