Two days ago, the national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, was granted a N400m bail at a federal high court in Abuja over the seven-count charge he faces at the court for alleged money laundering to the tune of N400m. On Friday, he got another bail at an FCT high court presided over by Justice Ishaq Bello, over allegations that he tried to destroy a document.
“Olisa Metuh on the 5th day of January 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory destroyed a document, to wit: a statement made under caution to investigators/operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on the 5th of January 2016, with the intention of preventing the same from being produced or used as evidence in a court of law,” one of the counts against him read. He pleaded not guilty when the charges were first read on Thursday. The offence is punishable under Section 166 of the Penal Code Cap 532 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, (Abuja) 2004
The judge granted him bail in the sum of N300m and two sureties in like sum.
His lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu, had prayed the court to exercise a lenient discretion in granting the accused person bail. He argued that Metuh was presumed innocent under the law until he is pronounced guilty by the court. He therefore asked the court to grant his client bail on self-recognisance.
EFCC counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, did not object to the bail application, but he asked the court to grant Metuh bail on terms that would make him present in court for his trial. The court thereafter gave its ruling, granting the accused person bail in the sum of N300m.
Only yesterday, governors elected under the PDP had alleged in a statement that the handcuffing of Metuh during his court appearances are being done to intimidate the opposition and tar members of the PDP with the brush of corruption even when no court has found them guilty.