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Alleged N400m fraud: EFCC to re-arraign Olisa Metuh May 30

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will, on May 30, re-arraign former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, on allegations bordering on N400 million fraud.

Mr Metuh is expected to be re-arraigned before Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court, Abuja.

On Monday from Court 8, where Justice Nwite presides, hearing notices had already been issued, though it could not confirm if counsel to the parties had been communicated.

On Feb. 15 that the retrial of the ex-PDP spokesman had been reassigned to Nwite, the new judge in the Abuja division.

Prior to the reassignment, the matter was before a sister judge, Obiora Egwuatu.

The matter was assigned to Justice Egwuatu last year following his transfer to Abuja division of the court.

Egwatu had fixed Oct. 14, 2021, for Metuh’s re-arraignment after the Court of Appeal’s decision which nullified the trial court’s judgment.

But on the adjourned date, the judge was not in court.

He was said to have gone for the judges’ seminar in Lagos State.

The court, therefore, fixed Feb. 15 for the former PDP spokesman’s retrial.

But a check by NAN at Court 9, where the matter was expected to take place showed that the case between the Federal Government and Metuh was not on the cause list.

However, NAN gathered that the matter, which was yet to commence before Egwuatu, had been reassigned to Justice Nwite, who was recently transfered to Abuja division after the retirement of Justice Anwuli Chikere.

It was, however, gathered at Court 8, the chamber of Nwite, that the deputy chief registrar of FHC had informed that many case files be transfered to Nwite’s court, including Metuh’s matter.

The Court of Appeal, Abuja had, on Dec. 16, 2020, nullified a Federal High Court judgement that convicted and sentenced Metuh to seven years’ imprisonment for money laundering.

In a unanimous decision, a three-man panel of Justices of the appellate court held that the judgment of the trial judge, Okon Abang, delivered against Metuh on Feb. 25, 2020, was tainted with bias.

The appellate court held that Abang had by disparaging remarks he made in the judgement betrayed his premeditated mindset against the defendant (Metuh) whom he accused of writing various petitions against him.

According to Justice Stephen Adah who delivered the lead verdict of the appellate court, allowing the trial court’s verdict to stand “will set a dangerous precedent.”

Consequently, it voided the conviction and sentence that was handed to Metuh and his firm, Destra Investment Limited, and remitted the case file back to the high court for a re-trial by another judge.

Metuh was jailed over an allegation that he received the sum of N400 million from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, prior to the 2015 presidential election, without contract approval or execution.

His earlier conviction followed a seven-count charge that was preferred against him and his firm by the EFCC.

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25-year old class teacher in police net for raping 13 years old pupil

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A 25 years old class teacher at a nursery and primary school in Ago Iwoye was on the 19th of May 2022 arrested by men of Ogun state police command for having unlawful carnal knowledge of a 13-year-old girl (name withheld), who is a pupil in his class.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command’s spokesman disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

He said the suspect, Ayobami Oluwatobiloba Runsewe, was arrested following a report lodged at Ago Iwoye divisional headquarters by the victim’s mother, who came to the station with the victim and reported that the suspect lured the victim to his house at Ayegbami area of Ago Iwoye after the school lesson at about 4:30 pm and forcefully had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

According to the statement, the blood soaked pants of the victim was brought to the station as evidence.

“Upon the report, the DPO Ago Iwoye, SP Noah Adekanye detailed his detectives to the scene, where the randy teacher was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, he initially denied having anything with the victim, but when the victim confronted him, he was unable to say anything further,” he said.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to anti human trafficking and child labour unit of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and possible prosecution.

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FCTA seeks vacation of judgement extending Area Council Chairmen’s tenure

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has appealed for the vacation of judgement extending the tenure of Area Council Chairmen for an additional one year.

Speaking on behalf of the Administration at the Weekend, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola asked the protesting youths who are aggrieved by the Court judgment which recently granted one-year tenure extension to the Six FCT Area Council Chairmen whose three years tenure of office expired on 19th May, 2022, to remain calm and be law abiding.

The Permanent Secretary explained that the FCT Administration, in line with the provision of law, has approached a superior court to vacate the judgment, made by the High Court.

According to the Permanent Secretary, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, following the ruling of the High Court, had constituted a team to review the judgment and advise on the way forward. 

He said the team advised the Minister to abide by the court ruling, but also go ahead to appeal.

Mr. Adesola explained that the FCTA is compelled under the law to obey the judgment and seek further redress at a superior court.

According to Adesola, “As you have said, the Minister is a person of integrity, impeccable character, law-abiding and has great respect for rule of law, even when it inconveniences him.

With that token, when he received the judgment, he immediately constituted a team to look at this judgment and advise on what to do.

“If any of you had been invited to the meeting, I know you would have done just what his advisers told him – abide by the ruling, but go ahead to appeal the ruling”.

The Permanent Secretary therefore called on the protesting youths to remain calm and resist any attempts to disrupt the tranquility the Territory is known for.

Mr. Adesola who commended the youths for airing their grievances in a peaceful and organized manner and for making genuine efforts to find out what went wrong, assured that the courts are populated with men of integrity who would do the right thing.

He said; “This is democracy at its best. Democracy permits people the freedom. When you are able to speak your mind, to air your grievances, that is what democracy entails and that is what you are doing here. So, for us in the FCT, we want to thank you for coming down here, rather than taking to the road where nobody will understand you, but coming to find an explanation to what has happened.

“Today, as I speak to you, an appeal has been filed, so that the correct position of the law will be determined. What we have done, all information you have said here and what gladdens our heart is that there is none of the opinions you argued here that was not in the appeal. Everything you said here has been put in the appeal and we believe the appeal will scale through within the shortest possible time.

“But on the part of the FCT Administration, I assure you that justice will be done. I want to implore you, if the court had invited us today, we would have been there today,” he advised.

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