Chief Olisa Metuh

By Tobi Soniyi

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday rejected the no case submission made by the National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh, over his alleged diversion of arms funds and held that he has a case to answer.

Delivering ruling on Metuh’s application, Justice Abang dismissed the application on the round that it was lacking in merit and ordered Metuh to open his defence.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in a seven-count charge, accused Metuh of receiving the sum of N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, through his company, Destra Investment Ltd.

After the prosecutor, Sylvanus ‎Tahir had called witnesses to prove the charges against Metuh, the defendant was asked to open his defence and rather than opening his defence, Metuh filed a no-case-submission and asked the court to dismiss the charges against him arguing that the prosecutor did not prove the essential ingredients of the charges against him.

But on Wednesday, the judge ruled that the prosecutor had established a prima facie case of money laundering against him and that he should open his defence.

Justice Abang said‎: “The prosecution places sufficient material evidence before the court to show that the defendant has a case to answer.

“There are several questions raised that only the 1st defendant can answer because he admitted in the statement he wrote on the november 24, 2014 that the sum of N400 million was transferred into his account.