Any ray of hope left for former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, as far his trial is concerned, has just been dashed. 

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Metuh, should face trial for alleged fraud thereby rejecting his appeal.

Metuh is standing trial for allegedly diverting N400 million from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The trial judge, Okon Abang, had in March 2016 ruled that Metuh and his company, Destra Investment, had a case to answer in the seven-count charge of fraud brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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The ruling was upheld by the Court of Appeal in May 2016, after which Metuh took the case to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court in its ruling on Friday, February 9 gave the same reasons given by the Court of Appeal for refusing Metuh’s request.

The Court of Appeal had said Metuh and his company failed to first obtain the leave of either the trial court or the appellate court before filing a notice of appeal as required by the Constitution.

The Appeal Court then held that the appellants, having failed in that regard, their appeals were incompetent and the court lacked jurisdiction to hear them.


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