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Metuh’s alleged N400m money laundering case not struck out – EFCC

By Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
27 September 2022   |   6:09 am
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described as false reports that the N400 million money laundering case against former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh had been struck out.

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described as false reports that the N400 million money laundering case against former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh had been struck out.

The commission maintained that there is no pending case before the Federal High Court to warrant striking out of the same case.

A report on Monday had that a Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja, struck out the suit filed by the EFCC against Metuh, for retrial.

Justice Emeka Nwite, in a ruling, described the seven-count criminal charge in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/05/2022 filed by the EFCC, as “an abuse of court process

But the spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement, insisted that there is no modicum of truth in those reports.

He said: “Metuh’s case is presently pending before the Supreme Court, arising from the appeal by the Commission, as well as his own cross-appeal, upon the judgement of the Court of Appeal which nullified the judgement of the trial court on alleged grounds of bias.

“There is, therefore, no pending case before the Federal High Court to warrant striking out of the same.

“It bears reiterating that the EFCC, has no fresh application for retrial of Metuh before the court.

“There can be no striking out of a suit that was not initiated or filed before the court. Any report of striking out of a suit filed by the EFCC on Metuh is a gross misrepresentation of the status of the case and the public is enjoined to ignore such reports.

“The EFCC is awaiting the judgement of the apex court, against the discharge of Metuh, by the Court of Appeal, in the N400 million money laundering charges instituted against him.

“The Commission will do nothing to abuse processes of the court, as it remains committed to total respect for the rule of law.”

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