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Court grants Metuh N300m bail in case of alleged destruction of evidence

By News Express on 22/01/2016

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A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has granted the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh bail in the sum of 300 million Naira and two sureties in like sum.

In the ruling on Friday, the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, stressed that the sureties must be resident in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

Mr Metuh is facing a seven-count charge of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering.

He is accused of receiving 400 million Naira from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired colonel Sambo Dasuki.

The amount is part of the allegedly diverted sum of $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms.

The bail followed an oral application filed by Mr Metuh’s counsel, Mr Oyeachi Ikpeazu, in a case of destruction of evidence filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Ikpeazu told the court that Mr Metuh would not jump bail or interfere with his trial, as such he should be granted bail on self-recognition.

But counsel to the EFCC, who did not oppose bail, however asked the court to grant bail with conditions that would ensure Mr Metuh’s presence in court for his trial.

The EFCC had accused Mr Metuh of destroying evidence and properties belonging to the anti-graft agency, contrary to section one and section 326 of the Penal Code.

The bail amount is 100 million Naira less than that initially given as condition by a High Court on Tuesday.

•Adapted from a Channels TV report. Photo shows Olisa Metuh.

Source News Express

Posted 22/01/2016 4:20:54 PM

 

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