Metuh has corruption case to answer – Appeal Court

Metuh has corruption case to answer – Appeal Court
May 26 06:54 2016

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja  on Wednesday ruled that the former spokesman of the  Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh has a corruption case to answer.

The Court therefore dismissed an application filed by Metuh, challenging an earlier court ruling that quashed his no-case-submission.

Metuh had filed a non-case submission at the High Court, arguing that he had no case to answer, and that he should be discharged.

His lawyer, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, said that evidences against his client were insufficient to prove a case against him.

He said the onus of proof that N400 million received by Metuh’s company was paid for illegal purposes, lied on the prosecution.

Justice Okon Abang of the High Court had dismissed that application.

Metuh challenged the ruling at the  court, which also dismissed the application on Wednesday.

In a unanimous judgement, a three-member panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki said Metuh ought to open his case and proceed with his defence, as he had done.

Where a no case submission is adduced, the appellant should explain exactly what happened,” th judge said. “There is need for the appellant to offer an explanation on the prima fascie case established against him.”

The court therefore dismissed the application for lacking in merit.