Alex Enumah Enumah in Abuja
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja will on June 19 rule on an application filed by former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Olisa Metuh, seeking an adjournment of his trial.
The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, who announced the date on Tuesday at the resumed trial in Abuja, stated that although the court had on March 22 fixed May 2 to deliver the ruling, it was not ready.
He said: â€œThe matter was adjourned for ruling today, but due to the work load of the court, the ruling is not ready.
â€œI handled cases in Abuja, Asaba and Lagos Divisions of the court and I have several other judgments and rulings to deliver.â€
Metuh who is standing trial on a seven -count charge bordering on allegations of fraud, wants the court to suspend the trial pending the decision of the Supreme Court on his no-case submission appeal.
He had filed an application in the Supreme Court, appealing the decisions of the trial and appeal courts, both which had dismissed his no-case submission.
Counsel to Metuh, Mr. Onyeachi Ikpeazu (SAN), moving the application, had noted that the adjournment was in order to await the ruling of the Supreme Court.
He said the Supreme Court had started hearing the appeal and would deliver ruling on June 9. Ikpeazu submitted that since the Supreme Court had already started hearing the appeal, the lower court cannot share jurisdiction on the samematter with the Supreme Court.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, had however, opposed the application on grounds that it was a ploy to waste the time of the court.
â€œWe vehemently oppose this application praying for an order to adjourn further proceedings to await the ruling of the application in the Supreme Court which will come in the distant future.â€
Tahir maintained that the application had no accommodation in law, since it was amorphous and an attempt to draw the case back.
Metuh is on trial over an alleged N400million money laundering charges; money he allegedly collected from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).