Olisa Metuh, a former state secretary for the promotion of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was released from prison in Kuje after ten months in custody.
Metuh left Abuja prison on Thursday after a court ruling overturned his sentence.
The Federal High Court in Abuja had on February 25 imprisoned him for 39 years after being convicted of money laundering.
Judge Okon Abang found the former PDP spokesman guilty of a seven-count indictment filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), which accused him of illegally receiving N400 million from the office of a national security adviser.
His belief, however, was annulled by the Court of Appeal December 16.
Deciding on the appeal filed by Metuh, the appellate court found that Okon Abang, a judge, had shown bias in the case of a former PDP spokesman.
“The judge’s narratives suggest someone who did not enjoy the trial of the appellant and defense counsel because he said they were challenging him,” said Stephen Adah who read the court’s decision.
“He fought with the case and even wanted the case to be excluded from it. The impact of this narrative is, to say the least, indisputable that the trial judge was angry only in his mind that he was wrongly influenced and shown bias towards the appellant in this case, as this is evident from all the outbursts he poured into his conviction. “