PDP former spokesman, Olisa Metuh’s case pending at supreme court, not struck out, EFCC reacts to alleged closure of trial


Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the case it has against the former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, is at the Supreme Court, and not at the Federal High Court. The commission stated this while reacting to reports in some sections of the media that a Federal High Court struck out EFCC’s case against Metuh.

The statement issued on Monday by EFCC’s Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, was titled “Olisa Metuh’s Case Not Struck Out”.

The statement partly read, “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to some reports in the media, alleging that, the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Monday, September 26, 2022, “struck out a suit filed by the Commission against former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, for retrial.

“We wish to state unequivocally that, there is no modicum of truth in those reports. Metuh’s case is presently pending before the Supreme Court, arising from the appeal by the Commission, as well as his own cross appeal, upon the judgment of the Court of Appeal which nullified the judgment of the trial court on alleged grounds of bias.

“There is, therefore, no pending case before the Federal High Court to warrant striking out of the same.

“It bears reiterating that, the EFCC, has no fresh application for retrial of Metuh before the court. There can be no striking out of a suit that was not initiated or filed before the court. Any report of striking out of a suit filed by the EFCC on Metuh, is a gross misrepresentation of the status of the case and the public is enjoined to ignore such reports.

“The EFCC is awaiting the judgment of the apex court, against the discharge of Metuh, by the Court of Appeal, in the N400 million money laundering charges instituted against him.”

Uwujaren however, assured that the commission would do nothing to abuse processes of the court, as it remained committed to total respect for the rule of law.

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