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Olisa Metuh’s Case Not Struck Out, EFCC Insists

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says  the Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Abuja did not strike  out any suit it filed  against former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, for retrial.

In a statement signed by its spokesman Wilson Uwujaren, the commission said its attention was drawn to reports making the rounds and alleging that it filed a suit for retrial and that the court struck it out.  According to the EFCC, there was no need for it have filed any suit as the matter was still pending at the Supreme Court.

What the EFCC is saying

”We wish to state unequivocally that, there is no modicum of truth in those reports.  the case on Olisa Metuh is presently pending before the Supreme Court, arising from the appeal by the Commission, as well as  his own cross appeal,    upon the judgment of the Court of Appeal which nullified the judgment of the trial court on alleged grounds of bias.  There is, therefore, no pending case before the Federal High Court to warrant striking  out of the same.

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”It bears reiterating that, the EFCC, has no fresh application for retrial of Metuh before the court. There can be no striking out of a suit that was not initiated or filed before the court.  Any report of striking out of a suit filed by the EFCC on Metuh, is a gross misrepresentation of the status of the case and the public is enjoined to ignore such reports.

”The EFCC is awaiting the hearing of the appeal by  the apex court,  concerning the ground of bias raised by the Court of Appeal,   in the N400 million money laundering charges instituted against him.  The Commission will do nothing to abuse processes of the court, as it remains committed to total respect for the rule of law.”

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