The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, is to make a no-case submission before a Federal High Court in Abuja against the evidence led by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in his trial on charges of money laundering and fraud relating to N400m security fund.
By his no-case submission, Metuh will be seeking to be discharged and acquitted on the grounds that the evidence led by the prosecution after concluding its case had failed to link him to the alleged crime.
Justice Okon Abang on Thursday granted permission to the PDP spokesperson, who is being prosecuted along with his firm, Destra Investments Limited, to file a written address with respect to the no-case submission.
Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, are being prosecuted by the EFCC on seven counts, involving allegation that he fraudulently received N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014 and also on charges of money laundering of cash transaction involving $2m.
Before his lawyer gave indication to make a no-case submission on Thursday, the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, granted some amendment to the charges in counts one, two and seven.
Before his lawyer, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), gave indication to make a no-case submission on Thursday, the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, granted some amendment to the charges in counts one, two and seven.
The EFCC had concluded its case with its eighth witness on February 9 and Justice Abang had adjourned till Thursday for Metuh and his firm to open their defence.
But rather than call a witness on Thursday, defence lawyer, Ikpeazu, indicated to the court that his clients intended to make a no-case submission and urged the judge to give a directive on whether they could do so orally or by filing a written address.