Drama in court as Olisa Metuh’s Lawyer accuses EFCC of misconduct

The trial of former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh took a dramatic turn on Tuesday as counsel to Olisa Metuh’s company (Destra investment Ltd) went berserk, accusing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of professional misconduct.

At the resumed session, Mr Onwugbufor giving his opening address raised, the issue of an application for adjournment brought before the court on October 25, 2018. In the application, the learned silk had prayed the court to adjourn the trial until November 29, 2018, on grounds that he was out of the country receiving medical attention.
With a strong opposition from the Prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, Justice Abang refused the application for adjournment.

Mr Onwubgufor who was visibly furious termed the prosecution’s objection to his application as “professional misconduct”. He said after tendering proof to support the claim that he was receiving medical treatment abroad, Tahir ought not to have raised an objection. He accused the court of depriving Destra Investment Ltd of a fair hearing.

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Justice Okon Abang who interrupted Onwugbufor said the issue raised by the second defendant counsel has been ruled upon in the previous proceedings and should not be brought before the court.

“The court has to attend to issues before it today. It has no jurisdiction to attend to previous proceedings.”

“The right to fair hearing of the second defendant has not been bridged in any way.”
“Professional misconduct cannot be raised here,” Abang said.”

He further advised Onwugbufor to appeal the ruling on the application if had grievances with it.

Infuriated by submissions of the defence, Tahir said Mr Onwugbufor misled the court with his application for adjournment.

“We have an affidavit of facts saying that he wanted the case to be adjourned to November 29, 2018. He was seen in appeal court on November 14. Why mislead the court? Why is he not in England?”

To enable the court, attend to other cases pending, Justice Abang said he would adjourn Metuh’s trial to Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Mr Tahir pleaded with the court to adjourn the matter until 12 noon on Tuesday. At this point, Mr Onwugbufor flared-up opposing Tahir’s request to let the court sit at 12 noon. He vowed to always oppose any request brought to court by the prosecution.

The matter was adjourned until November 27 by 12 noon.

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