👤 By Uthman Muhammed
Olisa Metuh appeared in Court before Justice Okon Abang for the continuation of his corruption trial, today.
On his way to the dock, Mr Metuh, a former publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, collapsed on the ground and had to receive medical attention.
The former PDP spokesperson who allegedly received N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014, a charge brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commisison, EFCC, is said to be suffering from a spinal cord related ailment.
However, instead of stopping, the trial judge, Justice Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja continued with the case.
This seemed to have angered Emeka Etiaba, Mr Metuh’s lawyer, who had previously requested that the judge allow his client to travel abroad for treatment.
Mr Etiaba said: “The 1st defendant had a terrible fall while trying to mount the dock, and I don’t even know if he is alive on that stretcher.”
He explained that “since the court has insisted on proceeding with trial,” he was going to “withdrawal from the trial.”
Critics on social media say Justice Abang is biased because he reject Mr Metuh’s request, but granted Murtala Nyako, a former governor who joined the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, permission, to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Mr Nyako, husband to a Justice from Adamawa, who has provided positive judgement for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, is fighting a N29 billion corruption case.