Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
Former National Secretary for the Promotion of the People’s Democratic Party, chief Olisa Metuh, was released from Kuja Detention Center, Abuja, a week after the Court of Appeals overturned his conviction and ordered his retrial.
Our correspondent learned that Metuh was released from custody on Thursday, 10 months after Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja sentenced him to seven years in prison on February 25 on charges of money laundering of N400 million.
A spokesman, the Federal Command of the capital at the Nigerian Correctional Service, Humphrey Chukwuedo, confirmed developments.
“I can confirm that Metuh was released from custody,” he said.
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Pictures on social media also show the former PDP spokesman being taken out of the facility by senior correctional officers.
The penultimate appellate court on Wednesday overturned his conviction on Wednesday based on a bias established against Abang’s justice.
The court also sent the case for a retrial with instructions that it should be assigned to another judge.
Metuh accused the judge of bias during the trial, but Abang rejected his protests and subsequently convicted him.
But the Economic and Financial Crime Commission said it would appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a decision by the Court of Appeals’ Abbey Division on Dec. 16 revoking Metuh’s sentence.
He noted that the court limited itself to only two grounds of appeal based on the alleged bias of the first instance judge, but failed to examine the merits of Abang’s judgment.