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Metuh drags FG to court over abuse of fundamental rights

Olisah-Metuh

Embattled national publicity secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has dragged the Federal Government before an Abuja Federal High Court over abuse of his fundamental human rights.

Ifedayo Adedipe, who represented the PDP spokesman, before a newly transferred Justice Abang Okon, said it was unlawful for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to hold his client unnecessary without charges.

In the suit filed before Justice Okon, the PDP spokesman is demanding his immediate release, while praying the court to restrain the defendant from further infringement on his fundamental human rights.

Counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, however prayed the court to be given more time to respond to the complaint, saying they were not issued notice on time for the matter.

Adedipe, however, appealed for caution on the manner of publications in the media against Metuh, submitting that, they were only aimed at tarnishing the reputation of his client.

After hearing the submissions made by the counsels, the trial judge, adjourned the matter to January 20, for hearing.

Metuh, who had been in EFCC detention for nine days over allegations of receiving N400 million from the former President Goodluck Jonathan for an undisclosed assignment, which he has since refused to disclose, reportedly tore a statement he made to the anti- graft agency.