- Justice Okon Abang has said that the former spokesperson of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, fell down on his own
- Abang at the resumed trial on Tuesday, May 22, said he did not direct any doctor to attend to Metuh when he collapsed before the court on Monday
- According to the judge, he rose briefly upon hearing that the defendant fell down on his own
A judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has suggested that the former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, is faking 'ill health'.
Justice Okon Abang said Metuh deliberately fell down as the court’s proceedings were about to start on Monday, May 21.
Punch reports that Justice Abang at the resumed hearing of the N400 million suit against Metuh by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday, May 22, said, "the first defendant fell down on his own".
While speaking on a submission made by the defence counsel, Tochukwu Onwubufor, for an adjournment of the matter due to his client's absence, Abang said the court did not direct any doctor to treat Metuh.
The judge said: “The court did not direct the doctor to attend to the defendant. I would not know the person that directed the doctor to see the defendant when I rose briefly upon hearing that the defendant fell down on his own.
“The court directed him to sit down where he was but he decided to fall down on his own," Abang added.
The judge also interrupted the prosecuting counsel to make the same clarification when the prosecution was opposing the request for adjournment by the defence.
Metuh is absent from today's ruling over ill health issues.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Metuh during his hearing on Monday, May 21, fell down while trying to enter the dock.
It was gathered that the former PDP spokesperson was immediately attended to by a doctor residing within the court.
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Following the collapse of the former PDP spokesperson, the trial judge, stood down the matter to enable medical officials attend to him.
The medical officials who entered the courtroom at 9.19am were still attending to Metuh till about 9.25 am before directing that he be taken to the hospital for immediate attention.
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