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Judge insists on continuing with Metuh’s trial despite petition

Judge insists on continuing with Metuh’s trial despite petition

– A judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja said he will continue with the trial of the spokesperson for the PDP, Olisa Metuh

– Justice Okon Abang told the court that a petition was written against him by one of the defense counsels

– Abang further adjourned the matter to Wednesday, March 23

A judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, March 17, said he will continue with the trial of the spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh.

Justice Okon Abang told the court that a petition was written against him by one of the defense counsels, Emeka Etiaba.

But Abang said: “I have a circular from my employer, National Judiciary Council, that where there is an petition seeking a transfer of a matter from a judge, the judge will continue with the case until a decision is taken by the chief judge.

For this reason, I shall continue to preside over this matter until a decision is taken by the chief judge of this court.”

Abang also berated Etiaba’s action stating that the counsel’s action is against the ethical conduct of the profession.

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He also said that the matter before it have on three occasions being adjourned at the instance of the defendant and for the fourth time will also be adjourned at the instance of the defendant.

Abang further adjourned the matter to Wednesday, March 23, at the instance of the defendant for continuation of trial.

With today’s adjournment, the defendant is left with only one adjournment as five is allowed by the law in a criminal trial.

In a related development, Metuh on Thursday, March 17, in Abuja, Ibrahim Auta over rulings of the court in favour of the prosecution.

At the sitting, the trial judge in the matter, Okon Abang asked the prosecuting counsel and defense counsels if they were aware of a petition against the court from Emeka Etiaba, one of the defense counsels.

 

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