File photograph of ex-spokesman of PDP, Olisa Metuh, being convicted by the Federal High Court, Abuja on February 25, 2020.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has nullified the conviction and 7 years jail time period imposed on a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
A 3-man panel of the courtroom led by Justice Stephen Adah in a unanimous judgment held that the proceedings of the Federal High Court resulting in the conviction of Metuh and his firm, Destra Investment Limited, have been tainted with bias and due to this fact should not be allowed to face.
Justice Adah who delivered the lead judgment on Wednesday held that the utterances of the trial choose, Justice Okon Abang, in the midst of the trial, established that he was biased towards the convicts.
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The Appellate Court, due to this fact, ordered that trial be carried out afresh.
He directed that the case file be despatched again to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for reassignment to a different choose apart from Justice Abang.
Justice Abang had in his judgment delivered on February 25, sentenced Metuh to seven years imprisonment for fraudulently receiving N400 million from the workplace of the then National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retired).