The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application made by former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman for permission to travel abroad for medical attention.
The judgment was reached by presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang today, May 25, 2016.
According to Justice Abang, the court lacks the jurisdiction to grant the application because of an existing order instructing Metuh to deposit his passport with the chief registrar of the high court.
He also said that the depositing of the passport was one of the requirements of Metuh’s bail.
“This is not a case of sympathy, but a case of law. This court has no jurisdiction to entertain this application,” Abang said according to The Cable.
“The court is not Father Christmas to give to the defendant what it did not ask for. The application lacks merit. It is accordingly dismissed. The court cannot set aside its decision,” he added.
Metuh had made the application to travel after an associate claimed that he was suffering from diabetes, arthritis and hypertension.
The former PDP spokesman is facing charges of money laundering to the tune of N400 million.