The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail being enjoyed by a former Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Olisa Metuh.
Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, are being prosecuted for fraudulently receiving the sum of N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.
The trial was adjourned on Monday, January 22 after he was said to be on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State making him be absent from court.
The prosecution during the hearing on Tuesday, January 23 then asked the court to revoke Metuh’s bail and commit him to prison to ensure that he attends his trial.
EFCC’s lawyer, Mr Sylvanus Tahir who was reacting to an application seeking for the further adjournment of the case because of Metuh’s ill health accused the defence of trying to scuttle the trial.
He said that besides the letter which cannot be proven to be from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching hospital Mr Metuh has also filed an application to bring additional 10 witnesses two years after his trial proves that the defence is trying to frustrate the trial.
Responding to Tahir, Metuh’s lawyer, Oneychi Ikpeazu (SAN), urged the court to dismiss the application for bail revocation.
He argued that the prosecution has not shown that his client is a flight risk, or is interfering with witnesses or the trial as stipulated by law to warrant a revocation of bail.
He then urged the court to adjourn the trial till a period after the end of the week, promising that Metuh would be in court by then.