Olisa Metuh regains freedom


The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh has regained freedom from Kuje prison after meeting the bail conditions granted him by Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Metuh was able to meet his bail conditions following the variation of his bail given him on Wednesday.

Metuh was released from prison after 13 days of remand in custody with respect to the charges of fraudulent receipt of N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014 and money laundering involving separate $2 million cash transaction.

The charges were preferred against him and his company, Destra Investments Limited.

He was released from prison on Thursday evening after the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, signed his release warrant, upon being satisfied with the verification of the details of the two sureties provided by the accused and the title documents of the property owned by the sureties.

The verification exercise was done by the Chief Registrar of the court and it also involved the prosecuting counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, whom the judge directed must verify the residential addresses of the two sureties.

A court official confirmed to our correspondent that Metuh met the bail conditions and presented the necessary documents before the official close of work in court on Thursday.

Metuh’s journey to freedom was made easier by a ruling of the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, varying the bail conditions on Wednesday.

It would be recalled that ‎Metuh was on January 15, 2016 docked on charges of money laundering and fraudulent receipt of N400 million, part of the funds allegedly meant for procurement of arms, from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014.

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