as the court grants him a trip to London
Written by Ikechukwu Nnochiri
Eleven months after he was convicted and detained at the Kuje Penitentiary, former Democratic Party (PDP) spokeswoman, boss Olisa Metuh, was released on Thursday.
Metuh’s release came after a verdict by the Federal High Court in Abuja, which granted him bail of N250 million.
Justice Nkeonye Maha approved the application of Metuh’s legal team led by dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu of SAN, handed down to enforce the Abuja Court of Appeals’ judgment of November 16, which overturned the earlier verdict and sentenced the client to seven years in prison by the first instance court.
In addition to bail N250m, the court ordered Metuha to make responsible citizens who will represent his bail.
The court held that the bail must be the owner of the land property under the jurisdiction of the court which is valid for the amount of the bail.
Judge Maha said that she is ready to sign the release order sent to the superior penitentiary of Nigeria, Kuje, after the conditions for bail are fulfilled.
“That register of this court will check the property / real estate with the address of the guarantee and postpone the statement about it.
“These original documents on the ownership of the property / property will be placed in the register of this honorable court.”
“That bailiff will declare his property status and hand over his recent personal passport for the purpose of records,” the court concluded.
In addition, justice Maha granted Metuh’s request for permission to travel outside the court’s jurisdiction for 45 days.
The court ordered the conditional release of Metukh’s international passport from the court register as soon as the conditions for bail were met.
According to Justify Maha: “That applicant must immediately hand over his international passport to the Assistant Secretary-General of the Federal High Court within three days of the date of return.
“This lead senior counsel for the applicant will submit an obligation to ensure the return of the applicant’s international passport, in accordance with the above court orders.”
In his application, Metuh asked the court to shorten the time and hear his request for bail during the vacation period.
He expressly applied for: “The order granting the applicant the filing of this application was rendered by the Court of Appeals annulling the judgment of the Federal High Court for which the applicant had been detained.
“Order ordering the applicant’s release from detention in Nigeria, Kaja, Kaja, Abuja. pending when he is brought back to court.
“An order ordering that the applicant’s international passport be conditionally released in order to enable him to visit his family residing in London upon his release.”
As well as: “An order ordering that, until the condition for bail is set after his re-appointment, the applicant may be free to travel in order to see his family for an occasional period of two months.”
It will be recalled that the Court of Appeals overturned Metuh’s conviction and sentence in the judgment, assuming that the trial judge showed elements of bias in his judgment.
The Court of Appeals held that the first-instance judge had made disparaging remarks in the judgment which betrayed his premeditated thinking against Meth, whom he accused of writing various petitions against him.
In the main verdict handed down by Stephen Adah, the appellant said he was convinced that Metuh and his firm Destra Investment Limited, which was the second defendant in a money laundering charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, were denied by the trial court is a fair hearing.
The court considered that allowing the verdict of the first instance court to “create a dangerous precedent” for the accused, emphasizing that in criminal cases “justice must not only be done, but obviously must be considered done”.
Therefore, the Court of Appeals ordered a retrial of the defendants by another judge of the High Court.
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