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Alleged destruction of statement: Metuh gets N600m bail

Alleged destruction of statement: Metuh gets N600m bail

Detained spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, got reprieve Friday as a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) granted him N600 million bail.

Metuh was arraigned before the court on Thursday on a two-count charge, in which he was accused of destroying the statement he made to operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Before his arraignment at the FCT High Court on Thursday, Metuh had earlier been arraigned before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court on a seven-count charge of money laundering.

The judge has since granted Metuh bail at N400m and two sureties, who must have houses in the highbrow Maitama, Abuja.

Metuh is yet to meet the conditions attached to the bail granted him by the Federal High Court.

Friday, Justice Ishaq Bello of the FCT High Court took argument on Metuh’s bail application.

Metuh’s lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), while making oral application for his client’s bail, relied on the provisions of sections 158 and 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 as well as sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

Lead prosecution lawyer, Sylvanus Tahir did not object to the bail application.

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

Trial in the case is expected to open on February 26.

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