EFCC will retry Olisa Metuh on May 30

On May 30, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will re-indict former Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh on money laundering charges related to the alleged diversion of N400 million from the Office of the Security Advisor (ONSA). Metuh was previously jailed for seven years on the charges, but his conviction was overturned and the Abuja Court of Appeal ordered a new trial in December 2020. The former PDP spokesman is expected to appear again before Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja. The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) He collected on Monday from Court 8 that hearing notices had already been issued, although he could not confirm if the lawyers of the parties had been notified. NAN reports on February 15 that the retrial of the former PDP spokesman had been reassigned to Mr. Nwite, the new Abuja division judge. Before the reassignment, the matter was previously with Obiora Egwuatu until his transfer to the Abuja division of the court. Mr. Egwatu had set 14 October 2021 for Mr. Metuh’s re-appearance after the Court of Appeal’s decision overturning the trial court’s judgement. However, the scheduled hearing stalled due to the judge’s absence. The judge was said to have attended the judges’ seminar in Lagos state. Therefore, the court rescheduled the new arraignment for February 15. But a NAN check that day showed the case was not on the list. However, NAN later learned that the matter had been reassigned to Mr. Nwite. Bottom EFCC, in January 2016, prosecuted Mr. Metuh for money laundering involving N400 million which was said to have been illegally transferred to him from the ONSA account by the then National Security Advisor, Sambo Dasuki. He allegedly received the money from ONSA to finance the PDP’s presidential election campaign in 2015. The court sentenced him and his company, Destra Investment Limited, on February 25, 2020. Although the judge, Okon Abang, jailed Mr. Metuh for seven years, he ordered the condemned company to be liquidated and its assets seized from the federal government. But the Court of Appeal, in its decision issued on December 16, 2020, annulled the proceedings that led to Mr. Metuh’s conviction. A three-member appeals court panel led by Stephen Adah based its decision on the premise that the trial judge allegedly displayed bias against him and his legal team. The court ordered the presiding judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the case to another judge, in addition to Mr. Abang, for a new trial. Following the Court of Appeal ruling, an Abuja Federal High Court judge, Nkeonye Maha, on December 24, 2020, granted Mr. Metuh 250 million naira bail and permission to travel abroad until he begins his new judgment. EFCC, in January 2021, appealed against the decision of the Court of Appeal. The EFCC’s appeal is still pending in the Court of Appeal. YAYA Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; EFCC will retry Olisa Metuh on May 30