•Seeks UK medical treatment
From Godwin Tsa, Abuja
National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Olisa Metuh has applied to the Federal High Court, Abuja for the release of his passport to enable him travel to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.
He is facing a seven-count charge of fraud linked to the allegedly diverted $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms by the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
Justice Okon Abang had ordered Metuh to deposit his passport with the court’s registrar as part of the bail conditions granted him on January 19, 2016.
The trial was abruptly adjourned yesterday owing to Metuh’s ill-health.
Metuh was billed to continue with his defence with his witness who was present in court before the proceedings were adjourned to May 23, at the instance of his counsel, Chief Emeka Etiaba.
Narrating the circumstances of Metuh’s health, Etiaba said he was in the early morning of yesterday informed that due to complications from the night before, Metuh might not be able to appear in court owing yo ill health.
“I got a text from the first defendant telling me he was rushed to the hospital at 1am. I read the text this morning and responded that whatever it takes, he must be in court this morning.
“I drove into court this morning and he was at the car park. On getting there, I realised he had vomited profusely and his brother in law, Mr. Andrew, narrated how they went to the hospital last night from their residence at Prince and Princess Estate.
“The only medical officer at the hospital announced to them that they were on strike. They met a lady who said the nurses were on strike but administered an injection and drugs,” he said.
Etiaba therefore applied to the court for an adjournment as he needed to report back to the hospital because he could not stand trial.