- Former national publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, has collapsed in court
- As a result of this, Justice Okon Abang had to stand down the matter to enable medical officials attend to him
- It was reported that medical officials who entered the courtroom at 9.19am were still attending to him at about 9.25am
Olisa Metuh, a former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has collapsed in court on Monday, May 21.
Metuh is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegation that he fraudulently received a sum of N400m in 2014 from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
Punch reports that the incident occurred about 9.01am in the courtroom and the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang had to stand down the matter to enable medical officials attend to the defendant.
Going further, the news outlet reported that medical officials who entered the courtroom at 9.19am were still attending to him at about 9.25am.
NAIJ.com, however gathered that Metuh was already trying to access the box before the judge asked him to come back, he fell as the walker he was using slipped while he was trying to adjust himself at the entrance of the dock.
The court registrar rushed to the medical department to inform medics of the situation. A Dr from the court examined him where he was writhing in pain and reported to the court that he should be sent to a hospital
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, mocked the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over Olisa Metuh's appearance in court.
Onochie, a personal adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, described what happened in the court as something to complement Nollywood.
“Weak, tired and bandaged to the neck on a stretcher and ambulance to complement the Nollywood drama,” she said.
However, the second vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Monday Onyekachi Ubani, described Metuh’s appearance in court as unfortunate and “not too good.”
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“I am aware that some of the accused persons facing criminal trials, especially high profile corruption cases in Nigeria feign ill health most times in order to delay their trials for reasons best known to them but the picture of Olisa Metuh as he was brought to court today in Abuja to continue his trial appeared not too good."
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