- The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application by Olisa Metuh to travel abroad for treatment
- The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, questioned why Metuh failed to appeal the previous decision which refused a similar application from him
- Metuh had asked for permission to travel in March, after his appearance in court on a stretcher
An Abuja division of the Federal High Court has refused to grant Olisa Metuh, former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) application to travel abroad for treatment despite obtaining a medical report from a UK-based hospital, Premium Times reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Metuh, who is facing trial on alleged diversion of N400 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) had asked for permission to travel in March, after appearing in court on a stretcher.
Okon Abang, the trial judge, had adjourned the matter till Thursday, April 19, for ruling on the application to travel.
Abang in his ruling, recalled an earlier decision of the court which refused a similar application from Metuh. The trial judge questioned the failure of Metuh to appeal the previous decision and ruled that his court lacks jurisdiction to upturn its earlier decision.
According to lawyers representing the former PDP spokesperson, Metuh is suffering from spinal cord injuries and requires urgent medical attention.
Metuh's lawyers led by Onyeachi Ikpeazu, requested a prolonged adjournment to allow for what they termed proper recuperation of their client. That request was however refused by the court, resulting in the appearance of Metuh on a stretcher in February.
Abang also warned the defence team against bringing any medical report from any Nigerian hospital.
However, at the continuation of the hearing, Metuh’s lawyers asked the court for permission to travel abroad. This time, the defence counsel appeared with a medical report from a foreign hospital.
The former PDP spokesman is expected to appear in court on Friday, April 20, for further hearing on the matter.
NAIJ.com previously reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, January 25, dismissed an application filed by Olisa Metuh, for an adjournment of his case due to his alleged ill health.
However, Justice Okon Abang, the judge presiding over the case, noted that the medical report that came with Metuh's application was smuggled into the court and did not contain any detail on the nature or cause of his sickness, Channels Television reports.
As a result of this, Justice Abang said this medical report is unfounded. He further made it clear that since Metuh has abused his right, the court will not again accept any medical report from any doctor on his behalf.
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