Federal High Court grants N600m bail to Metuh

By The Citizen

A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Friday granted bail to the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in the sum of N300m with two sureties in like sum, totaling N600m.

Metuh who was arraigned on Thursday, on a two count charge of destruction of evidence before Justice Ishaq Bello, was granted a fresh bail to the PDP spokesperson on Friday while ordering that the residences of the two sureties to be  presented by the accused should be verified by filing of documents in that respect before the court.

The application for bail was not opposed by ‎EFCC's prosecuting counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir.

While arguing the bail application orally on Friday, Metuh's lawyer, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), anchored the application on provisions of sections 158 and 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 as well as sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

In his ruling, the judge agreed with the defence that the offences the accused was charged with were bailable and he was presumed innocent until proved guilty.