By News Investigators – Former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, on Monday collapsed in court during the resumption of his money laundering trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Mr. Metuh, who is facing trial in a 7-count charge of fraud and money laundering, collapsed while he was making his way to the dock inside the courtroom around.
He is accused of receiving a questionable $2 million and N400 million from the office of then-National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, in 2014.
The defendant had made three separate appeals to the court to release his international passport and grant him permission to enable him travel abroad for medical treatment.
Mr. Metuh made a dramatic court appearance on a stretcher on February 5, 2018, after Justice Abang ordered that he show up in court or have his bail revoked.
During another court hearing on March 14, 2018, when he appeared on a wheelchair, one of his counsels, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), presented a letter from one Dr. Adrian T.H. Kasey, a neurosurgeon at Wellington Hospital in London, who said Metuh needs to be treated urgently. In his last application, Etiaba, said Metuh had lost sensation in his legs.
Justice Abang has repeatedly turned down Metuh’s applications to travel abroad, accusing him of harbouring an hidden agenda to paint the court as inhumane.