The former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party; Olisa Metuh has lost his bid to stop his N400m fraud trial as the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed his application seeking for a stay of proceedings.
Mr. Metuh is standing trial for the alleged fraud along with Destra Investment Ltd. and he is facing a seven-count charge brought against him by the EFCC before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja for receiving N400m from the office of the National Security Adviser without executing any contract.
He had filed the application through his counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, SAN, seeking for a stay of proceedings at the High Court before Justice Abang, also applied to Supreme Court challenging the refusal of justice Okon abang to hand-off the case.
He argued that the High Court ought to defer to the Supreme Court, which had fixed June 9, 2017 to rule on the application however, his application was strongly opposed by the prosecution counsel (EFCC), Sylvanus Tahir, who prayed the court to dismissed the pray of ikpeazi as it’s a delibrate ploy by the defendant to waste the time of the court.
In the ruling of the Supreme Court, made up of five-man panel of judges; Justices Kudirat Kekere-Okun, Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, Sidi Dauda Bage, Ejembi Eko and Musa Dattijo Mohammed, they unanimously held that Metuh’s application for a stay of proceedings in the circumstances on the no case-submission was dismissed as the EFCC successful established a “prima-facie criminal case against the defendants and order Metuh to open his defence on his trail at the High Court.